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H9058 Violin and case, wood / metal / resin, Arthur Edward (A E) Smith, Sydney, 1931. Click to enlarge.

Violin by Arthur Edward (A E) Smith

Made by Smith, Arthur Edward in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1931.

Arthur Edward (A E) Smith (1880-1978) is considered the most important violin maker in Australia. In 1971 he was awarded an MBE for services to music. After learning to make violins in England, Smith settled in Australia. In 1912 he opened a violin repair shop in Sydney which soon became a hub of activity. His workshop established the careers of many other leading Australian violin makers such as Charles Clarke, William Dolphin, Harry Vatiliotis and his own daughter, Kitty Smith.

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Object Statement

Violin and case, wood / metal / resin, Arthur Edward (A E) Smith, Sydney, 1931

Physical Description

Violin and case, wood / metal / resin, Arthur Edward (A E) Smith, Sydney, 1931.

Violin body made from a redish yellow timber with no purfling,the back of the violin is constructed in on section, with vertical grain lines , the fingerboard, tuning pegs, tail piece and chin rest (-3) have all been finished in a black varnish. The bridge is of a light timber stamped "A.E SMITH" in black. Case constructed from varnished woodwith faded blue felt lining.


Stamped on bridge of violin "A E SMITH"



780 mm


238 mm


120 mm



EA Crome states that this AE Smith violin is a copy of the Emperor Stradivari violin formerly owned by Jan Kubelik.


Credit Line

Gift of Mr & Mrs E A & V I Crome, 1973

Acquisition Date

11 July 1973

Cite this Object


Violin by Arthur Edward (A E) Smith 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2019, <>


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