Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1731, the 'Bloomfield'

Violin: 41055

Labeled, "Domenicus Montagnana Sub Si- / gnum Cremonæ Venetiis 1731."

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

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

Scroll: of curl similar to back

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Red brown

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.15 cm

Middle bouts: 10.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Shown at the Exhibition of Venetian instruments in Boston, May, 2002.

The Violinmakers of Venice, The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Boston


- Sold by Hamma & Co.
in 1966 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1979 Sam Bloomfield
1979 - 1988 Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
in 1988 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1979) ". . . the finest example known to our firm, it being outstandingly handsome and characteristic, and it is in an excellent state of preservation."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1935)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1720.

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.)


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Geigen aus Venedig, Aloys Greither, Werner Dausien, Hanau (illustrated)
  • Reuning & Son Violins – Connoisseurs and Dealers in Violins, Violas, 'Cellos and Their Bows
  • Loan Exhibition of Stringed Instruments and Bows Commemorating the 70th Birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi, Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Bloomfield Collection Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad 2005 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, London (illustrated)
  • The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Reuning & Son Violins, Boston (illustrated)
  • Violin and Lute Makers of Venice, Stefano Pio, Venice Research, Venice (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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