Riviere & Hawkes 1887 Violin

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Riviere & Hawkes 1887 Violin

 This stunning instrument in our violin collection is a beautiful 1887 Riviere & Hawkes concert Violin model no.266.


In 1857 the French violinmaker and dealer, Jules Prudence Rivière (1818 - 1900) emigrated to England and in 1865 established a partnership with the publisher William H. Hawkes. (This is the same Hawkes of the publishing firm Boosey and Hawkes.) Their partnership was known as Rivière & Hawkes and even though today their legacy is best marked by the excellent double basses they produced, they also made, imported and distributed a range of other instruments including many violins of different qualities and models. The quality was always very good. They operated at 28 Leicester Square, London. The firm dissolved when Rivière withdrew from it in 1889.


This instrument is in excellent condition for its age and is very nice to play. With a sweet singing upper register and a well projecting responsive lower register, this Violin has it all.



This instrument features a fine grained Spruce top with a figured Maple back and matching ribs. A beautiful example of this firm's work.





Full Atelier Puglisi set-up, including:

- high quality Obligato strings

- new custom fitted Aubert bridge

- new Wittner tailpiece

- soundpost adjustment


Legendary Atelier Puglisi service, including:

- 100% guarantee on all workmanship

- adjustments to tone and set-up at no extra cost

- free fitting with any string or pick-up purchase







- your choice of either Thomastik or Pirastro strings for no extra charge.

- $20.00 discount on any Bam fiberglass case (subject to availability).

- 20% discount on any Kun or Wolf shoulder rest.




Upper Bout: 17.0cm

Middle Bout: 11.6cm

Lower Bout: 20.4cm


Body Length: 35.9cm


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