Peregrino Michelli Di Zanetto, Brescia, c. 1560

Viola: 40042

Bearing its original label manuscript: "Peregrino f[ilius]. Q[uondam]. M[agistro]. Zanetto."

Back: Two-piece of slab-cut sycamore

Top: one-piece of pine

Varnish: Deep brown

Length of back: 42.9 cm

Upper bouts: 21.3 cm

Middle bouts: 14 cm

Lower bouts: 25.3 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The sound-holes were altered around 1940 "due to a caprice of the owner, Ray Nurse, who stated, 'The effect of the recutting was to lower the f-holes by 13 mm (1/2 in.). The new f-holes lean in more.'"

The History of the Viola, Volume 2, Maurice W. Riley, The History of the Viola, Volume II

One of the instruments exhibited in Brescia in June, 2007 at the "Gio Paolo Maggini Secoli di dettagli" exhibition.

Gio Paolo Maggini, Exhibition - Brescia, Italy, 2007

"Miss Stainer mentions a tenor in the Exhibition of 1885, which, if I am not mistaken, is identical with the subject of our photographs. . . . The instrument, which is of course a " tenore," is, I believe, fairly well known to dealers, and was formerly for many years owned by Colonel Sandys, M.P. It now forms part of the collection of Messrs. George Withers and Sons, of Leicester Square, who kindly lent me it for photographic purposes."

Zanetto, Towry Piper, The Strad, 1917, London


until c. 1875 Nicolas François Vuillaume
until c. 1875 David Laurie
until 1876 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1876 Colonel Thomas Myles Sandys M. P.
in 1885
... ...
in 1917 George Withers & Sons
until 1934 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1934 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1940 Ray Nurse
until 1962 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1962-1984 Laurence C. Witten
from 1984 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1934)

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