Applause for the great Italian and French stringed instrument makers

On 12 June 2019, by Philippe Dufour

A three-day auction of quartet instruments in Vichy achieved high results, especially for a violin by Fagnola and bows by Tourte and Peccatte.

Annibale Fagnola (1866-1939), violin made in Turin in 1929 after a model by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, carrying the Annibale Fagnola label and a Guadagnini label of doubtful authenticity, signed on the left front rib by Annibale Fagnola, 355 mm.
Result: €105,400

Born in Piacenza, Annibale Fagnola became famous in Turin for his instruments with their inimitable orangey hue. This violin made in Turin in 1929 after a model by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini carries a Guadagnini label of questionable authenticity. It is a small masterpiece that will be played again for €105,400. An incomplete violin dated 1662 by the famous Andrea Guarnerius of the Cremona school, its belly replaced in the 18th century, fetched €50,840. The sale included few English-made instruments, but a cello by Thomas Kennedy, who was active in the very early 19th century, achieved the highest bid at €39,680. Lastly, a violin made by Frenchman Joseph Hel in Lille in 1896 sold for €23,560. The sale also featured bows, most of which were French. Some were exceptional, like those made by Dominique Peccatte, which are highly sought after. A silver-mounted Peccatte cello bow with neither hair nor grip fetched €124,000 and a violin bow, also silver mounted, €95,480. A third, gold-mounted and created for the same instrument, the frog made in collaboration with François Peccatte, sold for €85,560. A silver-mounted violin bow stick by another virtuoso bow maker, François Xavier Tourte, with a frog by J. A. Lamy the Elder, netted €111,600. A similar accessory by Pierre Simon achieved €55,800, an unusually high sum for him.
 

Dominique Peccatte (1810-1874), silver-mounted cello bow with neither hair nor grip.Result: €124,000
Dominique Peccatte (1810-1874), silver-mounted cello bow with neither hair nor grip.
Result: €124,000
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