German violin stamped "Duke London"

SKU: S576
The famous eighteenth century English maker, Richard Duke has been widely imitated, his “Stainer” style modelling reproduced with varying success by generations of Vogtland workshop. Happily, this German violin, stamped “DUKE LONDON” below the button, follows a “Guarneri del Gesu” model, which gives it a full resonant, warm lower register you can really dig your bow into, while the upper strings have a clear, bell-like, projecting tone. The violin is finished with a warm red-brown varnish that has been subtly antiqued.