I did some repairs on a Rogier van Brugel, Luthier, Belgian-labeled violin circa 1989. Nice violin, but I cannot find any information anywhere about the maker.
My gut instinct tells me, that despite it being well-crafted violin, it is likely a Chinese instrument with a fanciful made-up label. It seems to be close to a Steiner model with rponounced arching, well-figured wood. lined & blocked, with a handsome brown varnish. The wear marks in the varnish seem to be too old for such a relatively new instrument.
Does ANYBODY have any knowledge of this maker? Thanks
My luthier friend says that the maker could be any of countless luthiers who are not well known...
I wonder if the name is a combination of the two famous artists Rogier van der Weyden and Pieter Bruegel.
If it’s a Stainer model, I’m less inclined to think it’s Chinese. It could be an old German that’s been revarnished and given a new label.
Pictures would help to get a better idea.
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