Karel Pilar belonged to an extensive family of violin makers working in the Czech Republic and Germany. He was born in 1899, and was apprenticed to his uncle Antonin in Berlin. He subsequently joined Otakar Spidlen in Prague from 1919 to 1921, and then Josef Vedral in the Hague in 1922-1924. Returning to the Czech Republic, he was established independently in Hradec Králové until his death some time after 1927. The wording of his label is set within a distinctive soundhole-shaped cartouche.
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