Antonio Casini, Modena, 1680

Viola: 42394

Back: One-piece having a broad figure extending upwards from left to right

Top: of pine with a distinctly-marked even grain at the joint widening very slightly at the flanks

Ribs: of smaller figure

Varnish: Brownish-yellow

Length of back: 41.6 cm

Upper bouts: 20 cm

Middle bouts: 14 cm

Lower bouts: 24.6 cm


until 1900 Ottaker Novacek
in 1900 Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
1900-1925 Lionel Tertis
from 1925 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
Peter Froelich, jr.
Sold by William Lewis & Son
Robert Dolejsi
in 1977 Mort Schaffner
from 1977 Thomas Dumm

Known players

Lionel Tertis, Ottokar Novacek

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (1900) Attributes the instrument to Gasparo da Salo.
  • Certificate: Alfred E. Hill, London Attributes the instrument to Casini.

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  • The Strad, November, 1962, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1945, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)


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