Caritas Instruments

£25, 000 +

Gaetano Pareschi Ferrara, 1969

The prolific output of award-winning Italian luthier Gaetano Pareschi spanned 50 years, from 1924-1974. A practitioner of the Ferrarese violin making style, he favoured a half-external form, wide purfling and deep-cut grooves encircling the scroll. Once an orchestral musician, Pareschi’s appreciation for orchestral string instruments was realised in the production of approximately 200 violins, 20 violas and cellos, and three double bases. 

This particularly fine example has a refined feel to it. The back of two piece quarter Sawn flamed maple and the table of medium grained spruce. The scroll cut from maple. The instrument covered in a radiant light amber brown varnish.

Extremely responsive with minimum effort to play. The tone is powerful when needed yet still has the warmth and sweetness wanted in a fine violin.

£8,000 - £25,000

A Fine Tyrolean Violin Circa 1770

This mysterious violin was made by an expert luthier,the workmanship is both precise and exemplary.

A two piece maple back with medium flame, the table of a very fine grained spruce. Well pronounced and exquisite is the cut of this scroll.

The luxurious oil varnish is of a amber brown colouration.

The violin comes with a certificate and valuation from Claude Lebet of Rome written in 2007. This fine violin was owned and played by a great Italian virtuoso and featured in many recordings.

The tone is warm and heavenly but still capable of filing a large concert hall.

Raffaele Calace, Naples 1895

This Italian Neapolitan violin by Raffaele Calace is a full-blooded Italian Instrument with a warm, large, Italian sound dating back to 1895 its maker was a liutaio in every sense of the word, since the term describes someone who crafts both violins and lutes.

Like many other southern Italian ateliers, Raffaele Calace’s workshop had stayed in the family for over three generations and earned itself an outstanding reputation for its lutes and mandolins.

Raffaele Calace himself won 11 gold medals and 8 silvers in addition to numerous other awards for his instruments. To this day, he remains a well-established figure in the world of plucked instruments, known as a virtuoso, composer and innovative designer of new kinds of mandolins, whereas the string instruments from his atelier are best known amongst a select group of well-informed aficionados– despite the fact that his clients included excellent musicians such as Fritz Kreisler.

The violin has a beautiful one piece back of quality highly flamed maple. The top of a fine grained spruce and the scroll cut form maple. The luxurious oil varnish of a blood red colour. 

The tone is quite astonishing lots of power, very responsive and easy to play yet still has a sweetness to the sound.  

Claudio Perversi 1979

Violin made in 1979 by the maestro Claudio Perversi (graduated from the International Stradivari School of Cremona under the guidance of maestro Giorgio Scolari).

With its great sound, it is a perfect instrument for an advanced student. The violin comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the luthier.

It is worth noting that Claudio Perversi has won medals for his violins and their fine tone. The Table consists of Italian wide grained spruce, quarter sawn flamed maple makes up the back.

The scroll is particularly well formed on this instrument and is carved from maple. Extremely beautiful is the light red oil varnish that covers this instrument.

The tone is magnificent and suitable for any soloist.

Fine English Violin by Peter Thompson London 1760

A rare and beautiful English violin made by Peter Thompson in his shop in St Paul’s church yard London.

The arching is very pronounced and beautifully formed which adds to the instruments charm.

Table of a fine grained spruce, a single piece slab cut maple back and a well cut scroll.

The varnish of a light brown colour. The tone is warm and dark and perfect for chamber music.

William Smith,Stockport Manchester 1796

Established at Sycamore Street, Sheffield circa 1780 and later moving to Stockport Manchester to carry on his craft of making fine English stringed instruments. 

The violin is based on a Strad model. A one piece slab cut maple back with beautiful flaming. The table of Medium grain spruce. The varnish is of a golden honey yellow.

Inside the violin is written “The Cremonese violin, Manchester Stockport 1796”. The violin is also stamped beneath the button and the end pin SMITH.

It has a dark rich powerful tone responding evenly across the four strings.

Gustav Lutschg 1921

Born 1870 played violin for 18 years. Pupil of Methfessel in violin making. Worked in Brussels with Mougenot. Lived in Zurich and Berne 1892-1925.

This violin is a copy of a Strad model. The back consists of two piece quarter sawn maple. And the table of a medium to fine grain spruce.

The varnish is of a blood red hue. The tone is powerful, bright and brilliant.

Gerard KilBride £6,500

A graduate of Newark School of Violin Making, Gerard KilBride is a violin maker and restorer living in south mid east wales. 

He has worked behind the scenes for almost 20 years, restoring instruments for most key shops and dealers in the UK, specialising in the impossible and un restorable. He makes 2 to 3 violins a year which are heavily influenced by his love of early English makers. He is also a researcher and author and created the long running research project at violinbridges.co.uk where he recently co-published an academic paper on violin bridges for the Violin Society of America, and published a 220 page volume book on violin bridges styles throughout modern history. 

He is a professional musician who has toured many parts of the world, made records and films and produced theatre and festivals. He loves projects and ideas.

Gerard KilBride Violin, £6,500

Gerard KilBride Violin, £6,500

£3,000 - £8,000

Fine Mittenwald violin circa 1890

A striking violin made in Mittenwald by a master’s hand. The form Based on a Guarneri model.

The two piece quarter sawn highly flamed maple back is stunningly beautiful, table of fine grained spruce and the scroll well cut from maple.

The oil varnish is of a dark brown colour. Very responsive and even across all four strings. The tone is pure and bright with plenty of power.

Arnold Voigt violin circa 1905

Voigt was both a violin and a bow maker.

A pupil of H. T. Heberlein Jr and Schüneman, he established his own Markneukirchen shop in 1890.

This lovely German violin labelled Arnold Voigt is an extremely fine example from its breathtaking dark blood red oil varnish to its stunning single piece wave like flamed maple back.

The table of a fine grained spruce and the scroll cut from maple. An even and well-rounded tone with depth and power.

1907 Hawkes and Son Concert II

This French violin was made for Hawks and Son to sell on in London. The concert model was the finest produced. 

A two piece quarter sawn maple back and a medium to wide grain spruce table. The well pronounced scroll cut from maple. Dark red/brown varnish of a particularly high standard covers this example.

Bright and brilliant tone that carries well.

Hawks and son concert violin 1914

This French violin was made for Hawks and Son to sell on in London. The concert model was the finest produced. A two piece quarter sawn maple back and a medium to wide grain spruce table.

The well pronounced scroll cut from maple. Dark red/brown varnish of a particularly high standard covers this example.

Bright and brilliant tone that carries well.

Claude Leblanc Circa 1900

Labelled Lutherie Artistique, Claude LeBlanc, Paris, 1827. Made in MIRECOURT circa 1900 

A two piece quarter sawn maple back and a medium to wide grain spruce table. The well pronounced scroll cut from maple. Light amber/brown varnish of a particularly high standard covers this example.

Bright and brilliant tone that carries well.

£500 - £3,000

7/8 Violin Mirecourt Circa 1900

A french 7/8 violin from Mirecourt circa 1900 A very well made violin on par with Collin Mezin’s work.

A huge bright and brilliant tone that carries well. The breathtaking back is of quarter sawn highly flamed maple.

The front of a fine grain spruce and the scroll is well cut from maple. The violin is covered in a light orange/amber oil varnish.

D. Sibbald, Edinburgh 1894

A very pretty rare violin with a great tone.

The back highly flamed quarter sawn maple, the front of medium to narrow grain spruce.

A well carved scroll from plain maple. The oil varnish or a light brown colour.

A German Violin by The Wolff Bros., Kreuznach 1899

This exceptional quality Wolff bros violin was crafted in the late 19th century in the renowned workshops of Wolff brothers in Bad Kreuznach. 

The single piece maple back is beautifully antiqued, table of fine grain spruce and the scroll well crafted using quality maple. The varnish is of a light brown colour.

The tone like many of these violins is rather fine giving you both power and depth.

French Violin Labelled Guiseppe Maravelli 1902

French Violin 1902 labelled Guiseppe Maravelli made for Beare & sons London 

A two piece quarter sawn maple back and a medium to wide grain spruce table. The well pronounced scroll cut from maple. Light red/brown spirit varnish covers this example.

Focused and brilliant tone that carries well.

Matthew Fenge 2013

Matthew graduated from the violin making and restoration course at the Leeds College of Music and then went on to start a successful business making and restoring violins in Yorkshire. In 2013, he moved the business to Ankara, Turkey, where it continues to thrive. 

A contemporary violin consisting of a two piece maple back and a medium grain spruce table. The varnish is light brown colour and the antiquing is of a good standard.

The tone is bright and focused.

Vasile Gliga Master violin 2009

Vasile Gliga founded his violin making company in 1991 and the company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. It is one of the most successful family owned businesses in Romania. 

A beautiful contemporary violin made from
The finest woods. Made in the old Italian way with a beautiful highly flamed two piece maple pinned back. The table of a very even medium grained spruce. And the scroll cut from maple.

The tone is powerful and bright and the violin responds with very little bow pressure. A great violin for someone approaching grade 8.

Comes with original signed certificate form Vasile Gliga.

Saxon Violin Circa 1910

A highly flamed two piece back with a fine grained spruce top. The scroll is very well cut for maple. Varnish light amber/brown.

A warm and dark powerful tone.

French Lambert Stradivarius Copy

A good trade French violin from the Lambert workshop Circa 1920.

A two piece quarter sawn maple back and a medium to wide grain spruce table. The well pronounced scroll cut from maple. Dark amber/brown varnish of a particularly high standard covers this example.

Bright and powerful tone that carries well.

A Hand Made Chinese Violin

Made from maple and spruce this violin is ideal for a student grades 5-8. Easy to play and very light. 

Tone bright and pure.

£99 - £1,000

A fine German Three-Quarter Sized Violin C1900

A very fine violin looking like the work of Louis Lowenthal. 

A highly flamed two piece back with a fine grained spruce top. The scroll is very well cut for maple.

A warm and dark powerful tone.

Good Quality Three-Quarter Dresden Violin Circa 1900

A good quality three-quarter violin.

JTL, Compagnon Three-Quarter Violin

A good quality three-quarter violin.

JTL, Medio Fino Three-Quarter Sized Violin

A good quality three-quarter violin.

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