William Forster III – Violin maker (1764 – 1824)
Third, in a line of important London violin makers, William Forster III made his first instrument in 1779 and worked alongside his father from that time onward. Under his tenure, the family business continued to engage in a motley assortment of activities, including an ill-fated foray into the greengrocer trade that precipitated Forster’s death in 1824. His output can be divided into four distinct classes, of which the cellos are particularly fine, especially those on a Stradivari model. Stainer models also exist, and in general, the workmanship is excellent, with distinctive scrolls. George Craske and Samuel Gilkes are known to have supplied the firm with some portion of its inventory (TA)
This violin retains its original neck, bass-bar and lower saddle.
The back in two pieces of maple of light-medium curl slightly descending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs of slightly more pronounced curl. The neck, pegbox and scroll of somewhat finer curl. The front in two pieces of spruce of fine grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a rich, dark orange-brown colour on an amber ground.
Length of back 357mm
Width upper bout 163mm
Width middle bout 112mm
Width lower bout 205mm
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