Frantisek Zivec violin, Melbourne, 1961

Frantisek Zivec violin, Melbourne, 1961

One of our favourite fiddles and an eminently collectible Australian work.

Please contact us for more details, quoting number CVN933.

Description

Frantisek Zivec started making violins in his native Bohemia in the early 1900s but the events of the Second World War overtook his life. Zivec joined the Czech underground and only after the end of the war escaped to Eastern Germany and eventually the west.

His heroic story is told in detail in the book Violin and Bow Makers of Australia by Alan Coggins.

We see occasional instruments by Zivec, this late work, made just a couple of years before he died, has a beautiful one-piece back and warm gold varnish.

With generous volume, clarity and even balance across the strings, it provides great projection. It has a really wide range and depth of sound to explore and its response to different bow pressures and speeds give it a wide colour palette. Being easy and comfortable to play and offering so many sound possibilities, this is a collectable violin to look out for.

Please contact us for more details, quoting number CVN933.