Violin (3/4 size)

Description (Brief)
This three-quarters size violin was made in Mittenwald, Germany around 1900. This is an instrument of commercial Mittenwald manufacture. As the classic tradition of violin-making waned during the first half of the 19th Century, makers like Ludwig Neuner (1840-1897) collaborated with other Mittenwald workmen to meet the demand for new instruments. Neuner, a gifted craftsman who spent six years in Paris working for J. B. Vuillaume, returned to Mittenwald in 1884 and enlarged the commercial firm of Neuner & Hornsteiner. Under his leadership, over 200 employees were used to meet the international demand for commercial as well as finely crafted instruments. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, back of maple in two pieces with mild, irregular horizontal figure, ribs of similar maple, neck, pegbox and scroll of mildly figured maple, and a shaded opaque yellow-brown varnish.
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Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 22 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in; 56.515 cm x 17.145 cm x 6.6675 cm
Place Made
Deutschland: Bayern, Mittenwald
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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