James William Briggs

(c. 1855 - 1935)
BRIGGS, James William Born 1855 Wakefield, Yorkshire, died 1935 Glasgow, Scotland UK. Pupil of Tarr in Manchester from 1869. Established in Wakefield from 1878. Won gold medal at Leeds exhibition 1890, then diplomas at Paris and Vienna. Moved to Glasgow 1893. Very fine maker and distinguished connoisseur, unique in being elected to the Violin Maker’s Association of Germany. Employed Philip Schreiber as assistant for over fifty years. Many fine copies of classical instruments with richly-hued varnish of good texture, including an imitation of cellist Pablo Casals’ Gofriller cello. Excellent materials generally, but often with locally sourced pine in the fronts, albeit of fine structure. O

£ 13,800
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