Domenico Busan, Venice, c. 1780, the 'ex-Michael Tree'

Viola: 24218

Labeled, "Dominicus Busan..1780."

Slightly reduced in the upper bouts.

Back: in two pieces of semi-slab cut maple with medium-width, mainly horizontal flame.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with grain of varying widths.

Ribs: and head of quarter cut maple with narrow-width flame.

Varnish: of a dark reddish orange-brown color.

Length of back: 43.25 cm

Upper bouts: 21.6 cm

Middle bouts: 15.3 cm

Lower bouts: 26.7 cm

There are 11 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


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


1946 - 1951 Elisabeth Anna Bondy
until 2011 Anonymous
in 2011 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2011 Anonymous
from 2021 Current owner

Known players

Hugo Gottesman, Michael Tree

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Tarisio, New York, NY (2021)
  • 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.)


  • 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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