Domenico Busan, Venice, c. 1750, the 'ex-Michael Tree'


Viola: 24218

Labeled, "Dominicus Busan..1750"

Slightly reduced in the upper bouts.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 43.25 cm

Upper bouts: 21.6 cm

Middle bouts: 15.3 cm

Lower bouts: 26.7 cm

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Notes:

Shown at the Exhibition of Venetian instruments in Boston, May, 2002.

The Violinmakers of Venice, The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Boston


In the Busch Quartet, [Gottesmann]] performed on a small Domenico Busan viola which Rudolf Serkin borrowed from Austrian collector Elisabeth Bondy, widow of Oskar Bondy.

– Tully Potter, Adolf Busch, ‘Life of an Honest Musician’, Toccata Press, 2010

Provenance

1946 - 1951 Elisabeth Anna Bondy
until 2011 Anonymous
in 2011 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2011 Current owner

Known players

Hugo Gottesman, Michael Tree

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (2011)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1728.

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)

References

  • The Strad, February, 1994, Daniel Whitman, Orpheus, London
  • The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Reuning & Son Violins, Boston (illustrated)

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