Tyrolean School Violin, c.1760

Violins of the Tyrolean school from this period are characterised by high belly arching that extends well out to towards ends of the plate, creating a somewhat bulbous appearance that is more reminiscent of the very early Italian arching before Stradivari started to employ the flatter shapes that we see on modern violins.

This instrument has a lightly flamed one-piece back of narrow, regularly figured maple with sides and head of similar wood; the top plate is of two pieces of straight grained spruce with closely spaced reed lines at the centre, growing wider towards the flanks; the varnish would have originally been a dark nut-brown but has now been worn in a natural aged patina to give a variegated brown and gold appearance.

Violins of this style, including this one, generally produce a warm, sweet sound but they don’t lack volume. This instrument has clarity and the volume required to carry well and presents as a perfect quartet or ensemble violin. With a fine quality set-up and Evah Pirazzi strings, it is lovely to play and beautiful to behold, having the mystery of great age.

Tyrolean School Violin, c.1760

Reference: VN.1075