Voller Bros, London 1898

Voller Bros 1898, modelled after Stradivari with light antiquing from the makers. Made during the latter part of their association with Hart & Son. ‘I think the lower back right corner is exceptionally well conceived and is very close to the master (Stradivari) himself’ – Tim. In excellent condition.


Back Length: 360mm
Upper Bout: 168mm
Middle Bout: 114mm
Lower Bout: 209mm
Mensure: 195mm


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    Voller Brothers

    William (1854-1933), Alfred (1856-1918) and Charles (1865-1949) Voller are amongst the finest copyists in the history of violin making. The range of their copies goes from violins in the general style of to what they termed on their labels an ‘exact copy’; some of these have an almost preternatural ability to conjure the original both in their making and in their brilliantly executed varnish composition and wear.

    Their association with Hart & Son of Wardour Street lasted from sometime before 1886 to around 1900. It was a time when fakes abounded as the demand for old Italian violins rocketed; inevitably, their work was drawn into the ‘darkside‘ of copying, and they became infamous throughout London’s violin world.

    Some of their work, at least, was innocent enough. Our violin of 1898, after Stradivari, was never intended to deceive but was an honest homage to the master. The workmanship and the gently worn orange varnish combine to make this a beguiling instrument.