Arthur Betts II
Bow maker / Violin maker
(1775 – 1847)
After his brother John's death in 1823, Arthur I managed the Betts shop. New instruments were supplied to the shop by a variety of London makers and are labelled and sometimes branded 'BETTS' accordingly. These were made to a range of qualities all the way from relatively inexpensive English instruments, but demand for antiqued ...Read More copies of old Italian violins combined with their own access to original examples and their ability to influence the makers that they employed produced some particularly noteworthy works.
The early nineteenth-century saw old instruments coming into England from Italy on a large scale, and the Betts workshop was heavily engaged in restoration. They are noted for the 'Betts Blush', an overall coat of red varnish that disguised varnish damage hid restorations and homogenised non-original parts. Composite instruments from this period often reveal the hallmarks of this workshop. Arthur Betts' sons Arthur II and John II continued the workshop after his death before finally closing it in 1867.
- The auction record for this maker is $23,537 in Nov 1986, for a cello.
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