Richard Bruckner was chiefly a restorer of violins, and consequently his instruments are rare and very little is know of his life. From around 1880 he and his brother Franz established a workshop in Berlin, and by 1900 Richard had moved to London. The violin is a very neatly put together Stradivari copy finished with an amber oil varnish which is very typical for good quality violins made in England for the London trade around the 1890s – 1900s. Violins of this kind often appear with Hart & Sons labels in them, and various elements in the choice of design situate this well within the circles of Paul Bailly and the Anglo-French school. The rather generous chamfers on the scroll are the one area where the violin refers back to high-quality German making, but the clean overall aesthetic sits firmly amongst the kind of work produced around the various Wardour Street workshops in London. A fine and very clean instrument with a strong, bright tone.
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