Very Rare Old Antique Anton Hoffman Violin 4/4 Appointed Maker to the Austrian Imperial Court in Vienna. Fantastic, very old professional violin, Ivory top nut bearing a handwritten label inscribed Anton Hoffmann in pencil. Full size 4/4, 14 1/8, 361mm. Medium to widely-grained spruce top. Two-piece maple back, with upward-slanted, narrow flaming.
Reddish-brown varnish over a yellow ground. An example of very skilled individual workmanship in Austrian traditions c1847, Vienna area.
The sound is excellent - , full range of tonal spectrum, powerful, but also being able to speak very delicate and sweet. It has enough projection for playing solo, made for player - very comfortable to play, if you once try it you're in love with it. Overall in a good state of preservation for it's age.There are a couple of hairline cracks stemming from one sound hole (see photos), but none in critical areas. However I'm not a luthier but do my best to describe items accurately. 1814 - 1871 By: John Dilworth. HOFMANN, Anton Born 1814, died 1871 Vienna Austria. Martin Stoss in Vienna and succeeded to his business in 1838.
Appointed maker to the Austrian Imperial Court. Personal model with dark red oil varnish. Most made by his assistant W. Cellos from the earlier period highly regarded; later examples used cheaper materials and poor spirit varnish.
Many commercial quality instruments on Cremonese and Stainer models from this later period. Highly regarded as a guitar maker.
AntHofmann / reparirt in Wien, 1847 Anton Hofmann / kais. Hof-geigenmacher / in Wein The Vienna School How the Austrian capital's extraordinary music culture supported a host of talented violin makers for centuries By Rudolf Hopfner For over four centuries Vienna has been a musical center of international importance. Thanks to the emperors of the Hapsburg dynasty, some of whom were talented musicians and composers in their own right, the Imperial Court Chapel supported a flourishing music culture from the 15th century. These favorable conditions continued during the Classical and Romantic eras, when composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven could rely on the support of wealthy patrons including Esterházy, Lobkowicz and Rasumovsky. These members of the Viennese nobility employed ensembles for orchestral, operatic or chamber music and commissioned compositions on a large scale.
The consequent demand for stringed instruments had a great impact on the production of instruments in the city. Archival material such as receipts and inventories reveals that over the centuries most of the instruments in Vienna came from local makers, and to this day the Imperial Chapel owns violins by Posch and Stadlmann, while the Vienna Philharmonic has instruments by Geissenhof and Stoß. Usually a good luthier wont charge you for putting it up as it is already cut to the right size.We will not mark the item as a "gift" - please don't ask. The item "Very Rare Old Antique Anton Hoffman Violin 4/4 Maker to Austrian Imperial Court" is in sale since Monday, December 3, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\String\Orchestral\Violins". The seller is "amorinho_lindo" and is located in Whitton. This item can be shipped worldwide.