Franz Joseph Klier

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Franz Joseph Klier

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: Franz Joseph Klier

Date: 1957

Town: Bubenreuth

Country: Germany

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-18, identification no. MKiS XV-C-18

Provenance: made for the 1957 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań; obtained in 1957

Description: Guarneri del Gesu model; two-piece spruce belly, one-piece flame maple back; orange and brown ombré varnish

Inscriptions: label in blackletter embellished with an ornamental frame, reading Franz Joseph Klier / Geigenbaumeister – Bubenreuth / Anno 19(57)

Measurements: body length 358 mm, upper bout 164 mm, middle bout 114 mm, lower bout 208 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Prizes: Fourth Prize at the 1957 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań (equal with Albert Lang, KIL-19 and Eugeniusz Gosiewski, KIL-20)

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

KIL-18, G.P. Telemann, Fantasia in B-flat major, TWV 40:14, Largo, rec. Katarzyna Denkiewicz

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