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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Summary

Object No.

H9058

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.

Marks

Stamped on bridge of violin "A E SMITH"

Dimensions

Height

780 mm

Width

238 mm

Depth

120 mm

Production

Made

Smith, Arthur Edward 1931

History

Notes

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

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

11 July 1973

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Wikipedia

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