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I'M IN THE WRONG BUSINESS: This piece of "art" fetched £91,000 in a Christie's Postwar and Contemporary Auction last February. Is it just me who can't see beyond it being the cheapest sort of Mirecourt ink-purfled violin being sliced in a bandsaw and mounted on a board with the assistance of a tube full of crazy glue? "24eme Caprice de Paganini"? My backside!

I'M IN THE WRONG BUSINESS: This piece of "art" fetched £91,000 in a Christie's Postwar and Contemporary Auction last February. Is it just me who can't see beyond it being the cheapest sort of Mirecourt ink-purfled violin being sliced in a bandsaw and mounted on a board with the assistance of a tube full of crazy glue? "24eme Caprice de Paganini"? My backside!

escultura de violín

escultura de violín

Amazing to think that when this violin was built, 300 years ago and 10 meters from this spot, this building was brand new too. A really lovely Daniel Parker that I have for sale.

Amazing to think that when this violin was built, 300 years ago and 10 meters from this spot, this building was brand new too. A really lovely Daniel Parker that I have for sale.

Not a double violin case in sight today, but in Cambridge with a very pretty early English violin, made around 1670. I have seen or heard of four or five with this very delicate purfing pattern on the back. Hills liked to cert them as Urquhart. Definitely not, but complelely anonymous now. I think it might be by George Miller, but that's practically a shot in the dark!

Not a double violin case in sight today, but in Cambridge with a very pretty early English violin, made around 1670. I have seen or heard of four or five with this very delicate purfing pattern on the back. Hills liked to cert them as Urquhart. Definitely not, but complelely anonymous now. I think it might be by George Miller, but that's practically a shot in the dark!

A fiddle made whilst London burned: Dating from the 1660s this is one of the earliest dated English violins, made at the time of the Restoration of King Charles II and the Fire of London. The label is faint, and and the last digit difficult to discern, but we think it was made in 1665, the year of the great plague.

A fiddle made whilst London burned: Dating from the 1660s this is one of the earliest dated English violins, made at the time of the Restoration of King Charles II and the Fire of London. The label is faint, and and the last digit difficult to discern, but we think it was made in 1665, the year of the great plague.

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!

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!

Queen Pu-Abi's lyre, found in the Royal cemetery of Ur (2600-2400 BCE) - Mesopotamia

Queen Pu-Abi's lyre, found in the Royal cemetery of Ur (2600-2400 BCE) - Mesopotamia

rusted barbed wire - there are those who do collect vintage barbed wire, but all I got to say is, Ouch!

rusted barbed wire - there are those who do collect vintage barbed wire, but all I got to say is, Ouch!

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