Giovanni Battista Grancino I, Milan, 1707, the 'Max Aronoff'

Viola: 41226

Back: One-piece, slab-cut, with the Coat of Arms and crown of the House of Bourbon ornamented under the fingerboard

Top: an inlaid rosetta lies beneath the fingerboard

Varnish: Golden-yellow

Length of back: 42.9 cm

Upper bouts: 19.6 cm

Middle bouts: 13.5 cm

Lower bouts: 24.4 cm

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


This instrument has not been reduced in size.

The History of the Viola, Volume 2, Maurice W. Riley, The History of the Viola, Volume II


Burton Fine
Max Aronoff
Current owner

Known players

Kathryn Plummer, Max Aronoff


  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XIV, No. 3, Philip J. Kass, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume II, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • Wurlitzer Rare Violas by Celebrated Makers of the 16th-19th centuries, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)


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