Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, 1784, the 'Leyds'


Viola: 41990

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, displaying weak flaming that drops slightly towards the outside

Scroll: Large and asymmetrical

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Reddish-brown

Length of back: 40.0 cm

Upper bouts: 18.7 cm

Middle bouts: 13 cm

Lower bouts: 23.2 cm


Notes:

Beare presumes that Guadagnini's sons may have completed and varnished the instrument.

Masterpieces of Violin-Making, Rudolf Hopfner, Rudolf Hopfner, Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Milan

Provenance

in 1923 Dr. W. J. Leyds
until 1929 Rodman Wanamaker
... ...
in 1940 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
in 1991 Donald B. Norton
in 1994 Sold by Christophe Landon Rare Violins
... ...
in 2002 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Donald B. Norton, Herbert Kefer

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Christophe Landon Rare Violins, New York, NY (1995)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1994) 0492/CB.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1923)

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References

  • Auburn University
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan (illustrated)
  • Startseite - Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, March-April, 1945, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume 2
  • Wurlitzer Rare Violas by Celebrated Makers of the 16th-19th centuries, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)

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