Gasparo Bertolotti 'da Salò', Brescia, c. 1580, the 'Kievman'


Viola: 40873

Labeled, "Gasparo Da Salo in Brescia"

Back: Two-piece cut on the half slab; ornamented; double purfled

Top: with double-purfling

Length of back: 39.2 cm

Upper bouts: 19.5 cm

Middle bouts: 13.1 cm

Lower bouts: 24.3 cm

Provenance

until 1875 Thomas Zach
from 1875 W. E. Hill & Sons
- J. S. Cook
- R. D. Waddell
1924 - 1936 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
1955 - 1989 Louis Kievman
until 1989 Jacques Francais
from 1989 Current owner

Known players

Louis Kievman

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1989) #2923. "Grade: A+"
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1924) "This viola is a most interesting example of the maker inasmuch as it is the only one of relatively small dimensions we have ever come across, for it has never been reduced in size and is as it was originally made."
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY

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References

  • The Strad, March, 1969, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1999, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1999, John Dilworth, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 1, Maurice W. Riley, The Violin Society of America, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume I, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)

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