Bohemian Violin c.1800

This is a beautiful Bohemian violin from the early 1800.  I was in love with this instrument from the day I saw it.  Since this violin was sitting in closet and wasn’t played on for more than 60 years, it had to be completely restored before I could use it.  The makeover was worth every penny.  This violin is amazing!

The inside label reads: Gio Battista Gabrielli fece in Firenze . The date part is gone.

Well, it is not a real Giovanni Batista Gabrielli violin. I was on a mission to find the real maker and the origin of this instrument.  It was not easy.  I had to do some research and consult a few of the violin specialist.  It was hard to determine who the real maker was but I have learned that this is most likely a Bohemian violin from the early 1800.  Sounds pretty good!

I know, the inside label situation is very confusing and I still hate not knowing who the real maker was, but unfortunately that’s the way it is.

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Bohemia was a region in Czech Republic/ South Germany border.  Many wonderful violin makers lived in that particular region that came from Germany, former Czechoslovakia or even Austria.  Whoever made this violin was definitely a great luthier!

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This violin went through a lot. I was very happy that I was able to restore it.  It is just beautiful.  It feels slightly smaller (like Italian violins) which makes quite easy to play on.

It has brown/reddish/ orange finish as well as light patina that suggest this violin was well loved.

I love the curves of this instrument, high arch as well as quite interesting f holes.

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The back of this violin is stunning! I am loving this gorgeous slab cut two piece back.

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The scroll is very handsome. It was quite damaged, but it came out beautiful.

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This violin is simply gorgeous! Its quality and sound place is far beyond compare with other, newer instruments. The G string has a warm, mellow sound and the E is quite brilliant. It does project nicely and it would be perfect to use as a solo as well as an ensemble instrument.

I am very happy that I saved this one of a kind hand crafted fine historic piece.

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5 Comments

  1. Roy Johnson
    May 12, 2017 / 5:43 am

    I think you are right the instrument is simply lovely looking a true antique. The color simply amazing. Enjoy and have lots of fun with it its beautiful indeed.

  2. Monika Lee
    September 4, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    This violin looks almost EXACTLY like my Josef Lidl viola. The Lidl factory was in Czechoslovakia in Moravia/Bohemia starting in the 1800s. Maybe that could be the maker? Just thought I’d throw the name out there as a possibility. Unfortunately, there isnt a whole lot of information on the string instruments the company produced.

    • violinista
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      September 8, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you for the tip!

  3. Elizabeth Carlson
    October 25, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    Stunning! The Tiger Striping is superb! The rich color is amazing! Purfling is lovely!
    Thank you so much for your information on this Wonderful old violin!!
    Older violins are worth the time, energy and investment as we have so few items left from time past, and if we don’t know our past, how can we ever expect to improve upon what we have for tomorrow?

  4. ANGELA LIVOLSI
    September 5, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    I have a Bohem ian violin from I think the late 1800 , and I don,t know how much it may be worth. Can someone please reply and help me to understand how much the violin may be worth . Please give me some helpful information to my E-mail. THANK YOU.

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