Violin by Daniel Parker, London, 1714

This is a very good example of Daniel Parker's work. It exhibits a beautiful, rich tone with lots of projection and is well-balanced.

Label: Daniel Parker, London, 1714

Bearing fingerboard number W187 and a Hill bridge

Length of back: 367mm 

String length: 328mm

Daniel Parker is one of the most important makers in the English tradition, his work pivotal in bringing England into the mainstream of violin making. It seems that Daniel Parker was the first English maker to realise the qualities of the Cremonese makers. Parker's instruments represent a quantum leap forward in design and construction, and are firmly rooted in Stradivari's work of the period 1690-1700. The finest endorsement of this comes from Fritz Kreisler, who regularly played a Parker violin in preference to his Guarneri del Gesù.

The quality of Parker's red varnish is very fine. Characteristically, his work is vigorously carved but very well-shaped. The scrolls are finely balanced in the spiral, round and well-defined, but the turns taper outward slightly. The purfling is broad, both black and white strips being made of soft, poplar-like wood. Edges are generally deeply cut and strongly turned. The F holes are broad and upright, with distinctively pointed inner corners to the lower wings.