Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1725

Violin: 42635

Labeled, "Dominicus Montagnana Sub Si- / gnum Cremonae Venetiis 17--."

Back: Two-piece with curl of medium width slanting upwards from the joint

Top: of spruce of very fine grain at center, opening slightly at the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-orange brown

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

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Listed as an instrument of 1725 in some publications.

Les Violons - Venetians Instruments, Les violons: Venetian instruments, paintings & drawings, Paris


from c. 1870 Edward Withers
c. 1870 - c. 1880 H. Taylor & Son
1885 - 1910 Alexander Scrimgeour
... ...
from c. 1929 Nathan E. Posner
until 1953 Arthur Herrmann
1953 - 2002 Christiano Rossi
from 2002 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2016) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1719. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Receipt: Pierre Gerber, Lausanne (1973)
  • Letter certificate: Pierre Gerber, Lausanne (1973)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Domenico Montagnana: Esposizione di Strumenti ad Arco Convegno di Stud Concerti, Lendinara (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, May, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Domenica Montagnana - "Lauter in Venetia": Exposition of Lendinara 1997, Carlson Cacciatori Neumann & C., Cremona (illustrated)
  • Les violons: Venetian instruments, paintings & drawings, Association pour la Promotion des Arts, Paris (illustrated)
  • The Classic Lines of Italian Violin Making, Carlo Vettori, Giardini Editori, Pisa (illustrated)
  • Three Centuries of Italian Violin Making, Artemio Versari, Edizioni Il Salabue, Cremona (illustrated)


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