Domenico Montagnana, Venice, 1717, the 'Ortenberg'

Violin: 42867

Bearing its original label, "Dominicus Montagnana fecit / Venetiis Anno Domini 1717."

Back: Two-piece

Top: of fine grain, unmatched

Scroll: of plainer wood

Ribs: of wood matching back

Varnish: Red on a goldend background; plentiful

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.63 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 8 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1923 R. D. Waddell
from 1923 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
until 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
c. 1930-1946 Gertrude Clarke Whittall
in 1932 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1932 Louis Krasner
1946-c. 1948 Library of Congress, Washington
from c. 1948 Edgar Ortenberg
1954-1999 Jacques Français
in 1999 Western Pacific Holdings
... ...
from 1999 and in 2019 Current owner

Known players

Chiun-Teng Cheng, Edgar Ortenberg

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1999) #5415.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1928)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1928)
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY #1288.

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.)


  • Violins & Violinists, July-August, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • Montagnana
  • The Strad, December, 2006, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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