Daniel Parker

Violin maker
(maker: c. 1700 – c. 1730)

One of the most accomplished and mysterious British violin makers, Daniel Parker seems to have been a contemporary of John Hare and may have studied with Barak Norman. He probably did much of his work for those two makers, in addition to other London shops, but there is no evidence that he served a formal apprenticeship or ever set up on his own. Parker was a prescient early adopter of the long-pattern Stradivari model in an era dominated by the influence of Stainer. Around 1703 a Cremonese violinist with connections to Stradivari began to frequent Hare's London shop, which may have provided Parker with a new model and insider information on the great master's methods. Shortly thereafter masterful Stradivari copies bearing the label of Barak Norman and the hallmarks of Parker's hand began to appear, the earliest dated 1704. The features of his work, which is rare, are characteristically Cremonese, while the details of workmanship are English. Varnish is so fine as to be mistaken for Italian, and varies from a light orange-brown to a bright, transparent red.


Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Violin: 18 | 18 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
  Violin 1700 56410
  Violin 1710 60134
  Violin 1712 56400
  Violin 1714 60157
  Violin 1714 56404
  Violin 1714 56414
'Kreisler' Violin 1715 33626
  Violin 1717 59456
  Violin 1720 56412
  Violin 1720 56408
  Violin 1720 59876
  Violin 1720 56398
  Violin 1720 56413
  Violin 1728 56407
  Violin (maker: c. 1700 – c. 1730) 56406
  Violin (maker: c. 1700 – c. 1730) 59455
  Violin (maker: c. 1700 – c. 1730) 56411
  Violin (maker: c. 1700 – c. 1730) 59454

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