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Top lots from the March London stringed instrument auctions

Highlights included an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital, an Italian violin by Francesco Ruggeri from 1694 and an Italian cello by Nicolò Gagliano, 1767

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

A highlight of Amati's March sale in London was an English double bass believed to have been made in the capital and estimated at £8,000–£12,000, which fetched £28,000. In the same sale the top-selling instrument was an Italian violin by David Tecchler (pictured), which sold for £100,000, followed by a violin by Fagnola from 1924, which made £60,000.

Tarisio's top lots included an Italian violin by Francesco Ruggeri from 1694, which had an estimate of £150,000–£220,000 and sold for £189,000, and another Italian violin by Lorenzo Storioni, 1790, which sold for £231,000 on an estimate of £200,000–£300,000.

At Brompton's the highest-selling instruments were an Italian cello by Nicolò Gagliano, 1767, which fetched £228,000 on an estimate of £200,000–£300,000, and a violin by Gennaro Gagliano, c.1750, which exceeded its estimate, selling for £168,000.

Amati, 25 March, London

1 Lot 79
An Italian violin by David Tecchler, Rome, c.1730
Estimate £100,000–£200,000 Sale price £100,000

2 Lot 55
A violin by Annibale Fagnola, Turin, 1924
Estimate £60,000–£100,000 Sale price £60,000

3 Lot 137
An English double bass, probably London, c.1850
Estimate £8,000–£12,000 Sale price £28,000

4 Lot 7
A gold- and tortoiseshell- mounted violin bow by Eugène Sartory, Paris
Estimate £14,000–£16,000 Sale price £20,000

5 Lot 11
A silver-mounted violin bow by Eugène Sartory, Paris, c.1900
Estimate £10,000–£15,000 Sale price: £10,000

Lots offered 141
Value of lots sold £380,000
Percentage sold 71%

Tarisio, 23 March, London

1 Lot 171
An Italian violin by Lorenzo Storioni, Cremona, 1790
Estimate: £200,000–£300,000 Sale price £231,000

2 Lot 170
An Italian violin by Alessandro Gagliano, Naples, 1725
Estimate £180,000–£250,000 Sale price £208,400

3 Lot 169
An Italian violin by Francesco Ruggeri, Cremona, 1694 (Partello)
Estimate £150,000–£220,000 Sale price £189,000

4 Lot 168
A French violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, c.1845
Estimate: £70,000–£100,000 Sale price £87,000

5 Lot 164
An Italian violin by David Tecchler, Rome, c.1732
Estimate £30,000–£50,000 Sale price £72,000

Lots offered 170
Value of lots sold £1,890,747
Percentage sold 86.5%

Brompton's, 23 March, London
 
1 Lot 140
An Italian cello by Nicolò Gagliano, Naples, 1767
Estimate £200,000–£300,000 Sale price £228,000
 
2 Lot 118
An Italian violin by Gennaro Gagliano, Naples, c.1750
Estimate £120,000–£160,000 Sale price £168,000
 
3 Lot 56
An Italian violin by Goffredo Cappa, Saluzzo, c.1680
Estimate £100,000–£150,000 Sale price £132,000
 
4 Lot 198
A French violin by J.B. Vuillaume, Paris, c.1840
Estimate £100,000–£150,000 Sale price £114,000
 
5 Lot 135
An English cello by Benjamin Banks, Salisbury, c.1780
Estimate £50,000–£80,000 Sale price £78,000
 
Lots offered 229
Value of lots sold £1,743,543.60
Percentage sold 74%

Photo: Tecchler Violin Photo Amati

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