Cellos by G.F. Pressenda, circa 1845

Italy’s premier 19th-century violin artisan. Look for the bold, balanced outlines and rich red varnish of his mature period. Even at an average of $1.2 million, a

great investment.

Violins by Nicolas Lupot, circa 1810

The French craftsman is famed for his fine copies

of the Italian masters, particular­ly Stradivari. A rare wine-red version of an instrument by 16th-century luthier Guarneri del Gesù can command $400,000.

Violins by Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mézin

Despite his technical skill, Collin-Mézin’s precise but

uninspirin­g early-20thcentur­y French School style has fallen out of fashion. Call your auctioneer and sell at $5,000 to $8,000.

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