Violin/Violin appraisal



Hi! I have a violin that I used to play, it was given to me about 20 years ago, and unfortunately, I stopped playing it. I started to investigate about it, and I noticed that at the back of the violin, the "brand/name" Sarasate - Eléve is engraved, in the inside there's a label that says Sarasate - Artiste, which I think is incorrect.
The tuning pegs, the fingerboard and the tailpiece are made of Ebony.
And I would like to see if you can provide me with more information about it, I consulted an auction house in England, and they believe that the violin was made in Germany in between 1880 - 1900, and it's value is around £900.
I attached a picture of my violin. Thanks

Hi Carlos,

Thanks for your question.  Mirecourt, in France, makes an instrument under the Sarsate label.  But, so have a number of other manufacturers, over the years.  I would tend to agree with the appraisal that you received, and would guess this to be a German factory instrument.  Without having the violin in front of me, it's difficult to assign a value, but I would guess that it would sell at auction for closer to $500, U.S.  For a proper appraisal, I would recommend taking it in person to a reputable violin shop.  Call first to make an appointment with a skilled luthier/appraiser.

Best of luck with it!
Jim Fisher


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Please Note: For an accurate appraisal of your instrument's value or history, I must advise you to take it to a local luthier or string shop for an evaluation. It's really not possible to do this with any accuracy via email.

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