Tommaso Balestrieri, Mantua, 1788

Violin: 40321

Labelled, "Thomas Balestrieri Cremonensis, fecit Mantua anno 1788."

Back: One-piece of slab cut and of faint narrow curl

Top: of fine grain in the center, opening out slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of pronounced curl similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 16 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Sold by Albert Caressa
- Sold by Émile Français
in 1997 Sold by Sotheby's
... ...
in 2016 Sold by Ingles & Hayday
from 2016 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (2005)
  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1969)
  • Certificate: Émile Français, Paris (1969)

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  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 17, 1997, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1997 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 31, 1995, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1995 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Box 60


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