John & Arthur Beares

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For over 120 years, Beare’s has built a deserved reputation as the world’s most respected violin dealer and expert through buying, selling, making and restoring instruments and bows of exceptional quality.

Founded in 1892, J & A Beare is widely regarded as the pre-eminent business in the field of fine antique stringed instruments and bows. Supported by Beare’s unrivalled team of specialists, many of the world’s leading artists have chosen to perform on instruments acquired through Beare’s. In the last two and a half years the company has completed sales of 12 fine Stradivari and Guarneri instruments amongst hundreds of other fine instruments and bows by Italian and other European makers. In 2012 Beare’s set a world-record price with the sale of the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesù for over $16 million.

J & A Beare, the London expert firm which handles most of the top-level stringed instruments. – The Independent

Based in a six-storey period building in the heart of Marylebone in London, Beare’s has its own workshop of highly-skilled craftsmen, internationally recognised for their expertise in restoring fine old violins, violas, cellos and bows. All instruments and bows sold by Beare’s are supplied with Beare’s Certificate of Authenticity (where a specific maker can be identified), which is highly valued across the world.

 

In 2008, Beare’s received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, the only fine art business to ever receive the award. As well as being Honorary Advisors to the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, Beare’s has partnerships with the Kronberg Academy, Royal Academy of Music and in 2014, the company was the lead sponsor of the Ashmolean Museum’s Stradivari exhibition. To find out more about J & A Beare’s sponsorship programmes, click here.

Managing Directors Simon Morris and Steven Smith continue to uphold the great traditions and close community of clientele the company is known for, whilst combining it with a modern business approach always guided by the utmost confidentiality and exemplary service.

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Managing Directors

Managing Directors Simon Morris and Steven Smith first met as young chamber musicians and their common love of fine instruments has led to a successful business partnership at Beare’s today. They are trusted by musicians, collectors and investors worldwide for their expertise and advice.

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Workshop

Our shop in London has its own workshop of highly-skilled craftsmen, internationally recognised for their expertise in restoring fine old violins, violas, cellos and bows. As part of our service to our customers, the workshop also maintains and repairs instruments sold by Beare’s.

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Beare’s Violin Society

Through the Beare’s International Violin Society we are proud to facilitate the loan of fine instruments to young talented artists. The instruments act as both an excellent long-term investment for the patron as well as a charitable vehicle to support the development of the artist.

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