Unusual violin in Amati Specialist auction


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https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1071-amati-specialist-28th-october/28-a-violin-20th-century

My question about this lot is why might it have had it's starting bid set 10 times that of any other unattributed violin in the auction.   :huh:

Yes, I can see the very unusual wood used, but will note that oddly figured wood is more often the "kiss of death" than it is a reason for a higher violin price.  Yes, I can see that it might be Italian, so could some of the other "fatherless" fiddles that are being started a great deal lower.

If anyone has a credible idea of why the starting bid is elevated, and doesn't want to blurt it all over the forum, please PM me.  I'm not planning on bidding, but am seriously trying to learn here, and wondering what the heck I'm not seeing.  :)

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VdA, I don't know what this violin is, but it looks seriously well-made by someone who knew what he was doing and familiar with Guadagnini family traits. It seems likely that the seller and auction house are hoping buyers will see this as something interesting and not be put off by the estimate range. "Funky" wood can be a sign of an artisanal Italian maker grabbing whatever he can find, or of a canny copyist trying to evoke a small volume Italian maker, and a violin like this might be seen as the work of one of those canny English makers like Wulme Hudson or the Voller Brothers, or possibly even one of those canny Italians who loved to work in other makers' styles, like Sgarabotto. 

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The more I look at it...the more I like it.  

The overall shape is lovely.  Nice scroll. The differences add a touch of 'devil may care' attitude.

Too bad about the cracks.  Wonder what it sounds like?  Doesn't look heavily played...dunno if that means anything...

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19 minutes ago, martin swan said:

Where are these alleged cracks? all I can see is a tiny start of a wing crack on the left side ...

In addition, there appears to be a saddle-crack on the bass side, and perhaps a repaired(?) crack under the bass foot of the bridge. There are also 2 cracks in the back, as shown in the condition report. In regards to the knot, it looks like it may have been filled in places.

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14 minutes ago, GeorgeH said:

In addition, there appears to be a saddle-crack on the bass side, and perhaps a repaired(?) crack under the bass foot of the bridge. There are also 2 cracks in the back, as shown in the condition report. In regards to the knot, it looks like it may have been filled in places.

You could be right George. I see the makings of a saddle crack now, but I'm not so sure around the bridge, pity it's almost obscured by the string.
Certainly the knot has filler, or some other material added, as knots often do.
 

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On 10/27/2020 at 5:00 PM, Rue said:

The more I look at it...the more I like it.  

The overall shape is lovely.  Nice scroll. The differences add a touch of 'devil may care' attitude.

It landed in the left-overs https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1071-amati-specialist-28th-october/28-a-violin-20th-century so ladies first:)

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