Nicolò Gagliano, Naples, 1738, the 'Dessau'

Violin: 40456

Labeled, "Nicola Gagliano Filius Alexandri fecit Neap. 1738" and bearing a further label next to the bass bar, dedicating the instrument to the Virgin Mary.

Back: Two-piece of medium to narrow curl descending slightly from the joint

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

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden orange

Length of back: 35.8 cm


Sold by Professor Bernhard Dessau
until 1925 Max Möckel
... ...
from 1970 Stefan Czapary
in 1997 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1971) #889.
  • Certificate: Eugen Tenucci, Zurich (1954)
  • Certificate: Max Möckel, Berlin (1925)
  • Receipt: Max Möckel, Berlin (1925)
  • Letter: Professor Bernhard Dessau (1909)

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.)


  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 17, 1997, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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