George Pyne, London 1921

Born in London in 1852, George Pyne studied the violin as a child. Pyne quickly rose to be a prominent and prolific English maker. He produced over 500 violins and violas, including several models of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati. All of his work was made entirely by his own hands, as he had no assistants or apprentices whatsoever. This instrument is a very fine example of this maker’s work. It is a Stradivari model with low, sleek arching that contributes to its full bass range. The instrument has a well-balanced tone and is in excellent condition.