From Ian Williams
Posted August 10, 2008 at 09:07 PM
Anyway, I did see one or two recently advertised and I believe they went for maybe $15-16?
Interestingly enough, while a half-dozen of his instruments have come up for auction since 1999, not one of them has sold. (At least on the list I saw).
But the fact that a half dozen violins since then failed to make their reserve might indicate that the Craske market is rather soft this century.
I think perhaps I need to take it to a third party valuer.
The auction sales list I just reviewed listed about 24 sales since 2000... maybe you have a more limited list?
Anyway, there are a few interesting points to keep in mind about Craske. He was a recluse, a VERY prolific maker (made around 3,000), and his output varied... as did the models he produced. In addition, the Hill workshop purchased the remaining unsold and partially completed instruments upon his death. Many of those I see have Hill scrolls, evidence of other work from the shop, and/or Hill/Craske labels (which often bear a "grading" code). Also, most of the Craske instruments I see at auction require a good deal of TLC (and the cost of restoration work adds up quickly)... which performed correctly, on a good example, can add value well over the sales room hammer price "as is".
Yes, it's a good idea to get an independent valuation if you're not familiar with the market of a specific maker's instruments. Nice to know you're paying the right price in the end.
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