Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1723, the 'Roisman'

Violin: 42281

Bearing its original label manuscript: " Dom. . . Montagnana sub Signum Cremone netiis 1723."

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with medium-broad flame descending from the treble side.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium-broad grain.

Scroll: of slightly narrower flame

Ribs: of similar wood

Varnish: of an orange-red color

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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"By John Dilworth: This is an extremely fine example of the work of Domenico Montagnana, and bears an unusual authentic handwritten label dated 1723, stating his usual address 'sub titulo Cremona'. The date is early; there is little recorded work prior to 1720, and the maker seems to have been most prolific in the following two decades. Nevertheless it is stylistically fully developed, and there is little obvious debt to his master, Matteo Gofriller. The arching is low and full, not of the Stainer type evident in some Montagnana violins.

The back is made from a single piece of quarter-sawn maple which has a deep and regular narrow flame descending from left to right. The head is of similar stock, and the ribs show a rather broader flame. The front is of two matched pieces of spruce with very fine growth at the centre, broadening only a little at the edges. The strongly-modelled soundholes have distinctive Amatise features and are set quite low on the front. The stop length is not extreme however, and is presently set slightly short. The position of the soundholes and of their centre nicks is quite variable in Montagnana's work in general.

The whole instrument is extremely well covered with original varnish, which is deep textured and strongly tinted with red, fully characteristic of Montaganana's application.

It is an a very fine state of preservation, and was for many years the concert instrument of Josef Roisman of the Budapest Quartet."



until 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1928 Miss Sadie Schwartz
- W. P. Start
- Suchari
until 1942 Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1942 Josef Roisman
until 2010 Dr. Bertrand R. Jacobs
in 2010 Sold by Brompton's
from 2010 Current owner

Known players

Jaime Laredo, Josef Roisman

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1942)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1928)

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  • Brompton's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 14, 2010, London, London (illustrated)
  • Bromptons
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • E. N. Doring 1941 Catalog
  • The Emil Hermann Collection - Part II, Andy Lim & Gregory Singer, Darling Publications, Cologne / New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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