Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, 1781, the 'Villa'

Viola: 42758

Back: Two-piece, of plain wood cut on the half slab

Top: of pine of fairly regular and moderately open grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: cut on the quarter

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 40.2 cm

Upper bouts: 18.4 cm

Middle bouts: 13.3 cm

Lower bouts: 23.2 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"The modern adaptation of the neck was done in 1889 by Stephano Scarampella, whose label is also in the instrument."

The History of the Viola, Volume 1, Maurice W. Riley, The History of the Viola, Volume I


in 1888 Signor Maurizio Villa
until 1930 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1930 Alfred Hobday
1931 - 1947 Emil Ferir
from 1947 Dr. William D. Peiffer
- William Feiffer
1976 - 2006 Bernard Zaslav
from 2006 Dextra Musica

Known players

Bernard Zaslav, Emil Ferir

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1930)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1930)

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.)


  • Guadagnini's violas: a successful experiment
  • I Mei Violini, Maurizio Villa (illustrated)
  • Ole Bull 2010: Dextra Musica Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 1, Maurice W. Riley, The Violin Society of America, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, February, 1945, Ernest M. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume I, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 2010, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)


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