Foregone conclusion, but anyone want to guess the maker - a fascinating painting from around 1730-45 by Giacomo Ceruti, a Lombard painter working mostly in Brescia, but in Padua and Venice as well... the detail is amazing.
Beginning the month with the best purchase ever! After five minutes of getting used to IDendro, I was able to certify this brothers Amati from the 1630s, having had it in the back of a cupboard and wondering what it was for more than ten years! Download the App from Tarisio's website at... http://tarisio.com/wp/2013/04/april-1-tarisio-presents-idendro/
Otto Hoyer 'Parisier' provides an important link between the French and German bow making traditions, having spent time in the Paris workshops of J.B. Vuillaume in the middle of the 19th century. Here's a bow by his son, C.A. Hoyer made for the French market!
Definitely one of the more exciting fruits of my trip! Two virtually mint Daniel Parker's, both made around 1715 - a violin and viola - together in a double case... in all likelihood my favourite maker of all time, and unbelievably rare! More soon!