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

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


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

Known players

Louis Kievman

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, 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one of relatively small dimensions we have ever come across, for it has never been reduced in size and is as it was originally made."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

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, March, 1969, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1999, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • 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)
  • The Strad, essential reading for the string music world since 1890


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