Richard Duke worked in London between 1750 and 1780 and is generally regarded as one of the finest English makers. His work was later much imitated and many copies of his work were made after his demise. Duke generally made violins according to the Stainer pattern around 1752, later moving on to utilise the Amati pattern and made only a few examples using the long stradivarius model which are now very scarce - one example of which has been detailed in The Strad.
Distinguishable by the high standard of workmanship, genuine Dukes are highly regarded and sought after.
The violin offered here is a fine example of the rare Long Stradivarius Model and comes with a certificate of authenticity from J & A Beare.
This example has a one piece back of maple of strong medium curl running from the bass down towards the treble across the back. The ribs, pegbox and scroll are of a similar curl.
The two piece pine front is of a medium-fine grain.
The varnish is a rich orange-red colour on a yellow ground.
- Length of back
- Width upper bout
- Width centre bout
- Width lower bout
Please note that the condition report lists all repairs that have been historically undertaken. The instrument is, however, offered in a fully restored condition and has been fully and professionally setup in our workshops. Any repairs have either been conducted by ourselves or fully inspected and the quality of the repair verified by our workshop. No further repairs are required. Details listed in this condition report are for information purposes only.
Front: Bass f-hole wing crack running up from lower hole. Treble f-hole wing crack running up from lower hole, crack running up from upper hole.
Back: Some wood filling of small holes, some varnish retouching to centre of back. Button repair and crown.
All fully and professionally repaired to a very high standard.
A written valuation for insurance purposes for insurance purposes of £13,750 is included with this instrument