Nicolò Gagliano, Naples, 1771

Violin: 42033

Labeled, "Nicolaus Gagliano Filius Alexandri fecit Neap. 1771" and inscribed internally on the upper trebel bouts of the table "Carolus Gagliano restaurit 1797" and a further internal inscription in another hand in the central area of the table "S. L. J. CJ.S.S.*."

Back: Two-piece of medium curl descending slightly from the joint and inlaid with red lacquer lilies at each corner and in the upper and lower extremes

Top: of fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks, and inlaid with lilies of red lacquer in each corner

Scroll: the pegbox of almost plain wood with a double spine and with an inlaid eight-pointed star either side within an inlaid decorative border and terminating in a grafted carving "en rocaille", by a contemporary hand, comprising a scallop shell and waves

Ribs: of medium to broad curl with inlaid lacquer decoration of eight-pointed stars framed within "cartouches" of interlinked dot and bracket inlay "ensuite" with the table and back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

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"The outer areas of the top and back with extensive "rococo" decoration of red lacquer inlay, simulating tortoiseshell and forming a bracket and dot pattern bordered by lines of double purfling parted by lacquered inlay of a dot and lozenge design...

... also include with this lot is the original neck, bearing traces of the original lacquered decoration in the upper and lower extremes, the classical fingerboard together with the original ebony saddle and an ebony and mother-of-pearl nut associated with the original neck and fingerboard....


Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 5 & 26, 1992, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 5 & 26, 1992, London, London


until 1831 Hapsburgs
from 1831 Ferdinand I of Austria and Bohemia
until 1944 Current owner

Known players

Wolfgang Poduschka

Certificates & Documents

  • Photographs: Ferdinand Kügler, Vienna (1971) Photos pf the interior of the instrument with the table removed and views of the exterior prior to the replacement of the neck undertaken apparently by Ferdinand Kügler in 1971.
  • Certificate: Eugen Gärtner, Stuttgart (1944)

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  • Berühmte Geigen und ihre Schicksale, P. J. Tonger, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mitteralter bis zur Gegenwart, Willibald Freiherr von Lütgendorff, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 5 & 26, 1992, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive


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