In Focus: A 1947 violin by Frantisek Zivec

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Matthieu Besseling on the Bohemian maker’s mid-century instrument

Frantisek Zivec was born in 1901 in what was then Bohemia, and learnt to play the violin at school in Litoměřice. He served an apprenticeship with a violin maker in Prague and began to make his own instruments, but this early period was disrupted by the compulsory army service. He moved to Prague in 1929, where we know he was married with a daughter. Although he carried on making violins, financial concerns forced him to find alternative employment…

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