Gasparo Bertolotti 'da Salò', Brescia, 1580, the 'Nathan Gordon'

Viola: 40096

Scroll: The head later.

Length of back: 43.6 cm

Upper bouts: 20.5 cm

Middle bouts: 13.5 cm

Lower bouts: 25.3 cm


- D. Stewart
- Alan
- Sorresn Johnston
until 1935 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1935 Germain Prévost
- Irving Ilmer
- Nathan Gordon
until 1988 Jacques Francais
in 1988 Christa Morneweg
from 1988 Helmuth Nicolai
- Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
- New York Philharmonic

Known players

Cynthia Phelps, Donald McInnes, Germain Prévost, Irving Ilmer, Nathan Gordon

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1988) #2877. "Grade: A+"
  • Certificate: Kagan & Gaines, Chicago, IL
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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, April, 2001, Laurinel Owen, London, 2001 (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, Spring 1995, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume 1
  • The History of the Viola, Volume 2
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • The Strad, May, 1996, John Dilworth, London, 1996 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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