Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, 1770

Viola: 42576

Back: Two-piece marked with a faint broad curl slanting upwards from the joint

Top: of well-defined open-grained pine

Scroll: not original

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 42.9 cm

Upper bouts: 20.3 cm

Middle bouts: 14.1 cm

Lower bouts: 25.1 cm


"The varnish is a rich red-brown in colour. This feature shows the probability of it being one or two viola known to have been made by J. B. Guadagnini for his patron Count Cozio di Salabue described as having been 'red tenors'."

A Large Viola by J. B. Guadagnini, The Strad, June, 1955, London


in 1955 Cedric Morgan
... ...
in 1972 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1946)

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  • The Strad, June, 1955, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1966, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)


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