Karel Josef Dvorak was born in 1887 in Prague and died in 1947 in Ricany near Prague.
He is undoubtedly one of the most important Czech masters of the last century and the last member of this Prague dynasty of Dvoraks.
He was the son of a violin maker Jaroslav Dvorak, he studied violin making with his uncle Karel Boromeus Dvorak in Prague. After his apprenticeship he worked at the following workshops: in Linz for Eduard Heidegger, Samal brothers in Prague, Antonin Pilar in Berlin, Georg Rauer in Vienna and Eugen Gärtner in Stuttgart and some time in France.
After World War 1 he returned to Prague and started working independently in the Zizkov quarter. He later purchased the workshop of K. B. Dvorak in Husova street and his father’s workshop in Spalena street. In 1946 he moved his workshop to Purkynova street and worked there until his death.
Karel Dvorak was the chairman of the Association of Music Instruments’ Makers (violin maker’s section. From 1926-1930 he taught Ladislav Prokop and from 1928-1932 Bohumil Prokop. Dvorak’s workmanship is precise. He surpassed his father and followed in the footsteps of his renowned uncle K. B. Dvorak. He worked after the models of Stradivari, Guarneri and Lupot. He was also respected as a violin expert.
The back in two matching pieces of maple of strong medium curl slightly descending across the back from the centre joint. The ribs, pegbox and scroll of similar curl. The front in two matching pieces of spruce of medium grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a warm orange-brown colour on an amber ground.
Fecit Pragae 1939
Length of back 356mm
Width upper bout 168mm
Width middle bout 116mm
Width lower bout 203mm
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