Jacob Stainer, Absam, 1665

Viola: 40045

Labeled, "Jacobus Stainer in Absam / prope Oenipontum 1650."

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, with even narrow flaming

Top: One-piece, narrow-grained

Scroll: possibly not original

Varnish: Gold-brown

Length of back: 46.5 cm

Upper bouts: 22.5 cm

Middle bouts: 15.4 cm

Lower bouts: 27.3 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"This viola was restored to its original condition c.1900 by Hammig."

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


Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
until 1897 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1923 Richard Mendelsohn
Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
in 1953 and until 1961 Hamma & Co.
... ...
1961-1984 Laurence C. Witten
from 1984 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Micha Beuting & Peter Klein (2003) Dating the youngest tree ring to from 1625.
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1961)

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 1999 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • Jacob Stainer "… kayserlicher diener und geigenmacher zu Absom", Rudolf Hopfner, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna (illustrated)
  • Jakob Stainer: Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, Walter Senn & Karl Roy, Verlag E. Bochinsky, Frankfurt (illustrated)
  • Luthiers Library (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, January-February, 1957, Max Möller, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 2010, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Stainer viola; Shrine to Music Museum
  • The History of the Viola, Volume II, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)


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