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Violas over $30,000.
1. GAETANO SGARABOTTO, Parma, c.1920-25, 16-3/8", This viola is a fine and typical example by Sgarabotto, done in a semi-antiqued style, and built after a Guadagnini model. The two-piece maple back is of medium-narrow curl ascending slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is ofeven medium-fine grain. It is in particular fine condition, with a lustrous orange-brown varnish, and a strong, deep sound with considerable carrying power. Length of back: 419mm (16-3/8") (Our #32875) INQUIRE
2. ROMEO ANTONIAZZI, Milan, c.1895, 15-7/8", An early work of this maker, dated 1895 and bearing a label of his father, Gaetano Antoniazzi. It is in a particularly fine and original state of preservation, with an ideal size of 15 - 7/8". The one-piece maple back is of medium curl descending from left to right. The one-piece spruce table is of irregular medium grain mostly broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is an orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 403 mm, Upper Bouts: 188 mm, Middle Bouts: 129 mm, Lower Bouts: 233 mm, String Length: 372 mm. (Our #32301) INQUIRE
3. ALFREDO CONTINO, Naples, 1920, 15-9/16", A fine and characteristic example from this maker's best period. The two-piece maple back is of medium curl that broadens towards the bottom and descends slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of very fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish orange brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 394 mm, Upper Bouts: 182 mm, Middle Bouts: 125 mm, Lower Bouts: 227 mm, String Length: 370 mm. (Our #32113) INQUIRE
4. GIULIO DEGANI, Venice, 1899, 15-5/8", A viola by award-winning Venetian maker Giulio Degani that is in a particularly fine state of preservation. The two-piece maple back is of horizontal narrow to medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish auburn brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 397 mm, Upper Bouts: 186 mm, Middle Bouts: 129 mm, Lower Bouts: 229 mm, String Length: 365 mm. (Our #32762) INQUIRE
5. CARLO CARLETTI FOR ROMEO ANTONIAZZI, Milan, 1917, 16", A viola made by Carlo Carletti of Pieve di Cento (Bologna) for Romeo Antoniazzi, and in a particularly fine state of preservation. It comes with the original certificate of Enzo Arassi of Milan. The two-piece maple back is of medium-narrow curl descending slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of wide grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is an amber orange color over pale golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 406 mm, Upper Bouts: 187 mm, Middle Bouts: 128 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm. (Our #29538) INQUIRE
6. MARIANI SCHOOL, COMPOSITE, 15-9/16", The table of this composite viola is from the school of Mariani of Pesao c.1660, and we attribute the back and ribs to the work of the great copyist Gaetano Sgarabotto of Parma c.1900-1920. The two piece poplar back is of plain slab cut wood. The two piece spruce table is of irregular mostly medium grain. The varnish is a dark golden brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 395 (15-9/16") mm, Upper Bouts: 175 mm, Middle Bouts: 122 mm, Lower Bouts: 223 mm, String Length: 370 mm. (Our #24531) INQUIRE
7. GENUZIO CARLETTI, Pieve di Cento, 1936, 16-5/8", A viola by award-winning maker Genuzio Carletti. The two-piece maple back is of broad curl descending very slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish orange brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 426 mm, Upper Bouts: 201 mm, Middle Bouts: 134 mm, Lower Bouts: 248 mm, String Length: 385 mm. (Our #32196) INQUIRE
8. GEORGE GEMUNDER, Astoria, NY, 1881, 15-5/8", A very rare and particularly beautiful viola by German-American maker George Gemünder, who worked for J. B. Vuillaume in Paris before moving to New York in 1847. The highly figured handsome one-piece maple back is of medium curl descending from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain narrowing towards the treble bout. The varnish is a reddish orange brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 397 mm, Upper Bouts: 196 mm, Middle Bouts: 133 mm, Lower Bouts: 237 mm, String Length: 354 mm. (Our #31228) INQUIRE
Violas $20-30,000.
9. RAFFAELE DESIDERI, Ascoli Piceno, 1st Half 19th century, 15-1/2", An interesting and rustic viola of the Marche School, by Raffaele Desideri (1797-1871) and likely a collaboration with his father Pietro Paolo Desideri (1770-1849). The two-piece maple or poplar back is of plain curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish brown color over a golden yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 395 mm, Upper Bouts: 188 mm, Middle Bouts: 129 mm, Lower Bouts: 226 mm, String Length: 356 mm. (Our #26758) INQUIRE
10. GIULIO DEGANI, Venice/Cincinnati, c.1920s, 15-3/8", A viola made by Giulio Degani (1875 - 1955), who was a pupil of his father Eugenio, and worked in Venice until 1915. He emigrated to the U.S. in the 1920's and eventually settled in Cincinnati. The two-piece American maple back is of medium curl descending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is an amber brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 391 mm, Upper Bouts: 182 mm, Middle Bouts: 124 mm, Lower Bouts: 228 mm, String Length: 358 mm. (Our #24771) $25,000.
11. HELMUTH KELLER, Philadelphia, 2001, 16-1/2", A viola made by Philadelphia maker Helmuth Keller, and modeled after the Vieuxtemps Gasparo da Salo viola, in particularly fine condition. The two-piece maple back is of medium-narrow curl descending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of medium to fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish orange brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 420 mm, Upper Bouts: 209 mm, Middle Bouts: 146 mm, Lower Bouts: 249 mm, String Length: 369 mm. (Our #32495) $25,000.
12. GENUZIO CARLETTI, Pieve di Cento, c.1940s, 16-1/4", A viola made by Genuzio Carletti, who apprenticed with his uncle Carlo Carletti and won first prize in Cremona for his viola in 1949. The two-piece maple back is of irregular mostly horizontal medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a reddish orange brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 413 mm, Upper Bouts: 180 mm, Middle Bouts: 129 mm, Lower Bouts: 239 mm, String Length: 371 mm. (Our #30578) HOLD
$25,000.
13. JAGO PETERNELLA, Verona, 1932, 17-1/16", A full sounding viola made by Jago Peternella, and in excellent condition. Peternella was well known as a viola maker and moved from Verona to New York City the year after this viola was made. The two-piece maple back is of horizontal narrow curl very slightly ascending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain narrowing towards the flanks. The varnish is a deep reddish brown color over pale yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 435 mm, Upper Bouts: 203 mm, Middle Bouts: 135 mm, Lower Bouts: 252 mm, String Length: 387 mm. (Our #25452) $22,500.
14. GIOVANNI CAVANI, PROBABLY, Modena, c.1900, 15-15/16", A viola attributed to Giovanni Cavani. The one-piece slab cut maple back is of plain curl. The two- piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The generously applied varnish is a reddish-orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 405 mm, Upper Bouts: 191 mm, Middle Bouts: 137 mm, Lower Bouts: 238 mm, String Length: 365 mm. (Our #28826) $20,000.
Violas $10-20,000.
15. MICHELE DELUCCIA, Salerno, 1945, 16-3/8", A very attractive viola made by Michele DeLuccia, and in excellent condition. The two-piece maple back is of horizontal narrow curl with some attractive irregular pattern. The two-piece spruce table is of even fine grain. The varnish is a lovely even-toned reddish orange brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 415 mm, Upper Bouts: 201 mm, Middle Bouts: 133 mm, Lower Bouts: 245 mm, String Length: 377 mm. (Our #28468) $18,500.
16. GIOVANNI PALLAVER, Verona, 1956, 16-1/8", A very attractive viola made by Giovanni Pallaver (1908-1986), who was a student of Andrea Bisiach, son of Leandro Bisiach. The two-piece maple back is of medium to faint broad curl ascending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of even fine grain. The varnish is a light orange brown color over a pale yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 411 mm, Upper Bouts: 188 mm, Middle Bouts: 128 mm, Lower Bouts: 242 mm, String Length: 372 mm. (Our #31797) $18,000.
17. JACOB MUELLER, Berlin, 2016, 15-3/16", A beautifully antiqued viola made by modern day maker Jacob Mueller, who has trained in the Netherlands, New York, and Boston, before settling in Berlin. The one-piece maple back is of faint medium curl descending from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of even medium grain. The varnish is an antiqued reddish orange brown color over a yellow gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 390 mm, Upper Bouts: 185 mm, Middle Bouts: 128 mm, Lower Bouts: 207 mm, String Length: 354 mm. (Our #31484) $18,000.
18. GEORG RUOFF, Fussen, c.1670, 15-3/8", Ruoff (1646-1725) was one of the earlist violin makers in Fussen. His instruments greatly resemble the work of other Fussen makers of the period, especially that of Georg Fuerst. It has been somewhat reduced in size far in its past, and is presently easy to handle and quite full sounding for its smaller dimensions (Our #31670) $18,000.
19. ROBERT BRODE, Maple Shade, 1999, 17-7/16", A powerful viola made by local maker Robert Brode, who has made many instruments for violists within the Philadelphia Orchestra and other reputable orchestras around the country. The two-piece maple back is of medium curl ascending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of even fine grain. The varnish is a shaded reddish orange brown color over a pale yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 443 mm, Upper Bouts: 202 mm, Middle Bouts: 140 mm, Lower Bouts: 250 mm, String Length: 376 mm. (Our #31721) $15,000.
20. PARIS SCHOOL, c.1750, 15-3/4", A small viola with a large and full sound, from the group of makers commonly referred to as “Vieux Paris”. The one-piece maple back is of medium curl ascending from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is an amber orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 400 mm, Upper Bouts: 191 mm, Middle Bouts: 132 mm, Lower Bouts: 232 mm, String Length: 365 mm. (Our #32085) $15,000.
21. CHRISTOPHER JACOBY, Omaha, 2014, 16-1/8", A very attractive viola made by Christopher Jacoby. Jacoby manages the workshop at Potter Violins in Takoma Park, MD, and his handmade instruments are played in orchestras and ensembles around the world. He also edits The Scroll magazine for The Violin Society of America, and is a regular contributor to industry publications. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl descending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of even fine grain. The varnish is an antiqued golden orange brown color over yellow gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 408 mm, Upper Bouts: 190 mm, Middle Bouts: 131 mm, Lower Bouts: 240 mm, String Length: 372 mm. (Our #31385) $14,500.
22. WOJCIECH TOPA, Poland, 2012, 15-3/4", A viola made by one of Poland’s most accomplished luthiers, Wojciech Topa. The two-piece maple back is of narrow- medium curl ascending from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain throughout. The varnish is a golden orange brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 400 mm (15-3/4"), Upper Bouts: 200 mm, Middle Bouts: 140 mm, Lower Bouts: 252 mm. (Our #33016) $14,500.
23. BRUNO BARBIERI, Mantova, 1973, 16-7/16", A very fine viola made by Bruno Barbieri, and in excellent condition. The two-piece maple back is of medium curl descending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of even fine grain. The varnish is an orange brown color over a golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 419 mm, Upper Bouts: 198 mm, Middle Bouts: 136 mm, Lower Bouts: 248 mm, String Length: 373 mm. (Our #28306) $14,500.
24. PHILIPPE RAYNAUD, Dieppe, France, 1993, 16-5/16", A viola made by french maker Philippe Raynaud. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl ascending from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of irregular fine grain. The varnish is an golden brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 415 mm, Upper Bouts: 190 mm, Middle Bouts: 130 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm, String Length: 369 mm. (Our #31128) $12,500.
25. ERMINIO MALAGUTI, Milan, 1974, 16-1/2", A viola made by Italian award-winning maker Erminio Malaguti, who worked as a pupil of Stefano Scarampella. The two- piece maple back is of broad curl descending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of fine to medium grain. The varnish is a red-brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 418 mm, Upper Bouts: 188 mm, Middle Bouts: 132 mm, Lower Bouts: 239 mm, String Length: 372 mm. (Our #26487) $12,500.
26. LOUIS CONDAX, Rochester, 1970, 17", A viola made by Louis M. Condax, who was both a skilled maker and a research chemist. Condax became deeply involved in research the early violin varnishes and went to Europe on a grant from the Mellon Foundation to investigate evidences of the different varnishes used by the seventeenth and eighteenth century makers, particularly in Northern Italy. The two-piece maple back is of medium to broad curl descending on the treble side, and ascending on the bass side. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a brownish orange color over a light gold ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 433 mm, Upper Bouts: 214 mm, Middle Bouts: 147 mm, Lower Bouts: 254 mm, String Length: 378 mm. (Our #29912) $12,000.
27. BURRITT MILLER, Philadelphia, 2004, 16-5/16", A viola made by local maker Burritt Miller, who trained at the Cremona Scuola Internaziola di Liuteria and worked for William Moennig & Sons for over 30 years. The one-piece maple back is of narrow curl descending slightly from right to left. The two-piece spruce table is of medium-broad grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a light golden brown color over a golden yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 415 mm, Upper Bouts: 191 mm, Middle Bouts: 128 mm, Lower Bouts: 241 mm, String Length: 379 mm. (Our #28011) $12,000.
28. BURRITT MILLER, Philadelphia, 1991, 16-1/2", An Andrea Guarneri model viola made by a great Cremona trained modern maker. The two-piece maple back is of strong medium-broad curl ascending from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening towards the flanks. The varnish is a golden orange brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 420 mm, Upper Bouts: 198 mm, Middle Bouts: 134 mm, Lower Bouts: 245 mm, String Length: 371 mm. (Our #24747) $12,000.
29. GUIDO MARAVIGLIA, Pistoia, 1968, 16-3/8", A viola made by Guido Maraviglia. The two-piece maple back is of broad curl ascending from the center joint. The two- piece spruce table is of broad grain narrowing at the center. The varnish is a golden brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 418 mm, Upper Bouts: 197 mm, Middle Bouts: 139 mm, Lower Bouts: 248 mm, String Length: 383 mm. (Our #22354) $10,000.
30. MEEME MALGI, Simona/ New York, 1958, 16-7/16", A fine handmade Stradivari model viola made by Meeme Malgi, a student of Simone F. Sacconi. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl descending slightly from the center joint. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening slightly towards the flanks. The varnish is an attractive reddish brown color over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 416 mm, Upper Bouts: 197 mm, Middle Bouts: 133 mm, Lower Bouts: 244 mm, String Length: 372 mm. (Our #28864) $10,000.
31. JOANNES KEFFER, Austria, 2nd half 18th century, 16", A viola likely made a member of the Keffer Family of Goisern and Ischl, and possibly by Joannes Keffer, with a later 19th century scroll. The one-piece maple back is of faintly narrow curl ascending very slightly from left to right. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain with outer wings on the bass & treble sides. The varnish is an orange golden brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 407 mm, Upper Bouts: 184 mm, Middle Bouts: 129 mm, Lower Bouts: 236 mm, String Length: 358 mm. (Our #32559) $10,000.
Violas Under $10,000.
32. MARKNEUKIRCHEN SCHOOL, c.1930, 16", An unlabeled viola typical of the excellent makers of the Markneukirchen school c.1930. In very healthy condition and with an open generous sound. The two-piece maple back of medium curl. The two-piece spruce table of medium grain narrowing toward the flanks. The varnish an orange-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 407mm (16") mm, Upper Bouts: 197 mm, Middle Bouts: 136 mm, Lower Bouts: 255, String length: 367 mm. (Our #32105) $8,800.
33. RAFFAELE GIUSQUIANI, Perugia, c.1920s, 16-3/4", An unlabelled Brescian model viola attributed to Raffaele Giusquiani of Perugia. The two-piece maple back is of medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. The varnish is a reddish ornage color. Measurements: Length of Back: 428 mm (16-3/4"), Upper Bout: 192 mm, Middle Bout: 138 mm, Lower Bout: 245 mm, String length 376 mm. (Our #22200) $8,500.
34. ANDREAS RITTER, Markneukirchen, 1927, 16-1/2", A viola with the label of Andreas Ritter, Schoneck. The two-piece maple back of horizontal narrow-medium curl. The maple ribs of medium to broad curl. The maple head of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table of fine grain broadening slightly toward the flanks. The antiqued varnish a reddish orange-brown color over a golden ground. In overall excellent condition. Measurements: Length of Back 419mm, Upper Bouts 196mm, Center Bouts 130mm, Lower Bouts 239mm. (Our #32877) $8,000.
35. PAUL HILAIRE, Mirecourt, 1963, 15-15/16", A very fine example of Hilaire’s work. This instrument was made on commission for the shop of Moennig & Son in Philadelphia. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. Measurements: Length of Back: 404 mm (15-15/16"), Upper Bouts: 186 mm, Middle Bouts: 130 mm, Lower Bouts: 238 mm, String Length 374mm Paul Hilaire (1906-1967) worked with Georges Apparut as his main assistant. He became the partner of Mme Apparut after the death of her husband in 1948. At that time, the firm took the name of "Etablissements Apparut & Hilaire" concentrating on the production of cellos, but also violins and violas. Hilaire initially worked alone, but was eventually able to employ an apprentice and a workman. Hilaire became the official luthier of the Brussels conservatory. (Our #28480) $7,500.
36. ENZO BARBIERI, Mantova, 1979, 16-1/2", A modern Italian viola in excellent condition and bearing the maker’s original. The two-piece back is of richly-hued highly figured maple of broad curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is a dark reddish orange-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 420 mm (16-1/2"), Upper Bouts: 204 mm, Middle Bouts: 139 mm, Lower Bouts: 247 mm, String Length: 375mm. (Our #30292) $7,500.
37. PEDRO LOPEZ SECO, Buenos Aires, 1994, 16-7/16", A very nice viola from the colorful climes of Buenos Aires. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two- piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is a a golden-orange brown over golden ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 417 (16-7/16") mm, Upper Bouts: 196 mm, Middle Bouts: 128 mm, Lower Bouts: 243 mm, String Length 379mm. (Our #28074) $5,500.
38. ERNST HEINRICH ROTH, Bubenreuth, 1958, 16-1/2", A 1724 Stradivarius model viola by the Roth firm in excellent condition. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain. The varnish is a reddish orange-brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 420 mm (16-1/2"), Upper Bouts: 197 mm, Middle Bouts 134 mm: Lower Bouts: 243 mm, String Length: 387 mm. (Our #31906) $5,500.
39. MARKNEUKIRCHEN SCHOOL, c.1925-30, 16", An early twentieth-century German viola made in the model of a Mathias Hornsteiner instruments. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is antiqued in a reddish-orange-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 406 mm (16"), Upper Bouts: 189 mm, Middle Bouts: 121 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm, String Length 370mm. (Our #30799) $4,500.
40. GERMAN, Mittenwald, c.1920s, 15-7/8", A very nice sounding Stradivarius model viola of the Mittenwald School with an antiqued varnish. The two-piece maple back is of medium to broad curl. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a red-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 403 mm (15-7/8"), Upper Bouts: 187 mm, Middle Bouts: 130 mm, Lower Bouts: 237 mm, String Length: 364 mm. (Our #25363) $4,500.
41. W. DE VRIES, Rotterdam, 1979, 16-1/8", The fifth viola made by this maker. The two-piece back of medium curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is an orange color. Measurements: Length of Back: 407 mm (16-1/8"), Upper Bouts: 195 mm, Middle Bouts: 134 mm, Lower Bouts: 241, String length 363mm. (Our #28071) $4,000.
42. ERNST HEINRICH ROTH, Bubenreuth, 1974, 16-9/16", A 1725 Stradivarius model by Ernst Heinrich Roth with an attractive one-piece back, and in perfect condition. The one-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of even medium grain. The varnish is a golden orange color. Measurements: Length of Back: 421 mm, Upper Bouts: 208 mm, Middle Bouts: 136 mm, Lower Bouts: 250 mm, String Length 382 mm. (Our #25593) $3,500.
43. MITTENWALD SCHOOL, c.1950s, 16-1/16", A nice mid-20th century viola made in Mittenwald in the model of a Mathias Hornsteiner instrument. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. The varnish is a red-orange brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 408 mm (16-1/16"), Upper Bouts: 188 mm, Middle Bouts: 130 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm. String Length: 373 mm. (Our #26772) $3,500.
44. OTTO A. GLAESEL, Geisenkirchen, 1975, 16", A viola made in the model of a 1724 Antonius Stradivarius instrument. The two-piece maple back is of mostly plain wood with some medium curl at the center. The two-piece spruce table is of medium grain. The varnish is a reddish orange-brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 408 mm (16"), Upper Bouts: 192 mm, Middle Bouts: 133 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm, String Length: 373 mm. (Our #24743) $3,000.
45. ERNST HEINRICH ROTH, Bubenreuth, 1957, 15", A viola made in the model of a 1700 Stradivari instrument by the well regarded Roth firm, and with the certificate of Ernst Heinrich Roth. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of fine grain broadening dramatically towards the flanks. The varnish is an orange-red color. Measurements: Length of Back: 381 mm (15"), Upper Bouts: 179 mm, Middle Bouts: 122 mm, Lower Bouts: 221 mm, String Length 355 mm. (Our #22548) $2,500.
46. ANTON SCHROETTER, Germany, 1960s, 16-1/16", A German viola made under the A. Schroetter name. A very nice instrument for a student. The two-piece maple back is of plain wood. The two-piece spruce table is of broad grain. The varnish is a reddish-brown color over a yellow ground. Measurements: Length of Back: 408 mm (16-1/16"), Upper Bouts: 190 mm, Middle Bouts: 131 mm, Lower Bouts: 230 mm, String Length 372 mm. (Our #24745) $1,200.
Baroque Violas & D'Amores
47. MARTIN MATTHIAS FICHTL, Vienna, c.1750, 15-5/8", A very fine and original Viennese viola by Martin Matthias Fichtl II of Vienna (1682-1768), (15-5/8"), in a very fine state of preservation. Fichtl worked in the tradition of Jacob Stainer, and was a contemporary of the more famous Thir Family of Vienna. (Our #32528) $18,500.
48. MICHAEL IGNATIUS STADLMANN, Vienna, 1801, This viola d’amore has seven playing strings and seven sympathetic strings which run below the fingerboard. It was made by Michael Stadlmann (c. 1756-1813), son of violin maker Johann Joseph, and the most important member of a dynasty of Viennese luthiers. He was granted the title of Court Violin and Lute Maker in 1785, & played the contrabass in the Court Orchestra from 1799 to 1813. Condition: completely original and in an unusually fine state of preservation. (Our #25750) $10,000.
49. PETER WAMSLEY, London, c.1740 or earlier, 16-1/2", This interesting early viola in gamba form is by Peter Walmsley or his assistant Thomas Smith. It retains the original neck, which has been re-angled at the heel and reset to an angle more appropriate for a modern viola bridge. The one-piece carved back is of maple, with edge purfling. The varnish is a reddish-brown color. Measurements: Length of Back: 420 mm (16-1/2"), Upper Bouts: 196 mm, Middle Bouts: 132 mm, Lower Bouts: 234 mm, String length: 366 mm; labeled: Peter Wamsley/ Maker at The Harp/ & Hautboy Piccadilly/ 17 London 48? The side profile shows both the upper and lower bouts with smaller ribs than the center bouts, making it easier for a violist with a smaller neck. Its also interesting that the front, which has inked purfling, and back were made at different times, perhaps by the same workshop. A viola of similar design by Leonhard Maussiell of Nurnberg, is illustrated on page 125 of the book on Leopold Widhalm by Klaus Martius; (in the same book, there is a cello of similar design by Matthias Hummel of Nurnberg c.1701) (Our #31558) $9,000.
50. LEONHARD MAUSSIELL, IN PART, Nurnberg, c.1720- 1780, a composite iunstrument converted from a treble viol or viola d'amore, now setup to function like a viola, the viol-shaped body with carved and unpurfled maple back (the back & ribs probably later than the table), the table in the style of Maussiell, with flaming sword soundholes; length of back:396mm, lower bout: 228mm, middle bout:124mm, upper bout:179m; string length approx.: 348mm; When we acquired it, it had a tag with a Rembert Wurlitzer number:M-685; Requires some restoration to be playable (several old inadequately repaired table cracks) (Our #28029) $6,500.
51. MATHIAS THIR ATTRIBUTION, An interesting d'amore bearing a barely legible label: Mathias Thir of Vienna, 1790. The one-piece flat maple back of mostly plain wood with some irregular medium curl towards the bottom; similar ribs; the neck terminating in a gargoyle head with mother of pearl eyes & painted insolent red tongue all carved from a single piece of pear wood with the peg box & neck; multiple piece spruce top with a pierced rosette; 14 strings (7 playing and 7 sympathetic); orange brown varnish over golden ground. 391mm (not including the neck heel); 190, 134, 237. string length: 14" (Our #32782) $5,000.