Italian Violins Lead Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction, May 14

Italian Violin, Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, Milan, c. 1772 (Lot 198, Estimate: $150,000-200,000)

BOSTON, MA Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its first Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2017, taking place in Boston on Sunday, May 14 at 12PM. This auction features 328 lots, including a selection of fretted, wind, and bowed instruments and related books, along with several bass guitars from the estate of legendary bassist and Berklee College of Music professor, Victor Bailey.

Leading an offering of exceptional Italian stringed instruments is a well-preserved Milanese violin circa 1772 by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi (Lot 198, Estimated between $150,000-200,000), accompanied by certificates from the firms of W.E. Hill & Sons and William Moennig & Son.

Skinner is also pleased to offer a fine Venetian violin circa 1725 by Matteo Goffriller complete with case and bow (Lot 197, $60,000-90,000), as well as a composite violin circa 1723 showcasing the craft of Ferrara maker Alessandro Mezzadri (Lot 196, $10,000-15,000).

In addition, several examples of modern Italian violin making, including works by Giulio Degani (Lot 193, $12,000-18,000) and Gio Batta Morassi (Lot 194, $15,000-25,000).

Italian Violin, Matteo Goffriller, Venice, c. 1725 (Lot 197, Estimate: $60,000-90,000)

Fine examples from American, French, and English makers are also represented in the auction, featuring works by Joseph Hel (Lot 195, $15,000-20,000), August Gemünder (Lot 186, $3,000-5,000), and the workshops of W.E. Hill & Sons (Lot 92, $800-1,200).

The auction also offers 38 lots of bow-making materials, from the estate of Violin Society of America award-winning bow maker Randy L. Steenburgen.

Other Auction Highlights include, but are not limited to:

♦ 1986 Pensa-Suhr J4 Electric Bass Guitar, from the estate of Victor Bailey (Lot 34, $3,000-5,000)

♦ 1936 Gibson Nick Lucas Special Acoustic Guitar (Lot 36, $15,000- 20,000)

♦ 1960-1961 Selmer Mark VI Saxophones (Lots 1 and 2, $3,500-4,500 each)

Victor Bailey’s 1986 Pensa-Suhr J4 Electric Bass Guitar (Lot 34, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

A Tribute to Victor Bailey

In conjunction with the auction, a musical performance with bassist Steve Bailey and members of the Berklee College of Music Bass Department will be held on Friday, May 12 at 5:30PM in the Skinner Boston Gallery.

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Friday, May 12, from 12PM – 7PM, Saturday, May 13, from 10:30AM – 5PM, and Sunday, May 14, from 9AM – 10:30AM. Illustrated catalogs are available from the Subscription Department at or from the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale.

About Skinner

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