1834 Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin

Value (2018) | $65,000 Retail$70,000 Retail

The label is absolutely right. It says, "Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre." They worked in Lyon, this was made in 1834. It says, "Number 47," it's absolutely right. What I really like about the violin is that it's really quite untouched. The varnish hasn't been highly polished, the varnished surface is all there. It needs a little bit of work to keep it playing and sounding its absolute best, but it's in remarkably fine condition. It's a copy of one of the great, great violin maker's works, Guarneri del Gesù of Cremona. And you can see that by the f-holes, are very distinctive. They don't have that fluid look like a Stradivari would. And... it's a little bit large, which is also typical of a French instrument. I would place its value somewhere around $20,000 to $25,000.

Appraisal Details

Claire Givens Violins, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
Update (2018)
$65,000 Retail$70,000 Retail
Appraised value (2003)
$20,000 Retail$25,000 Retail
San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2003)

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