Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa, Treviso, 1764, the 'Mozart'


Violin: 43174

Bearing its original label, "Pietro Antonio dalla Costa / fece in Trevisio Anno 1764."

Back: Two-piece, with prominent sap marks in the lower bouts

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Notes:

"According to a letter written to A. Phillips Hill on August 8, 1923 by Karl Heinkel, the instrument was in Mozart's house, purchased from Constanze von Nissen by Anton Andre. Henkel's father was helping Mr. Andre put Mozart's documents in order and Mr. Andre, not realizing their value, gave Mr. Henkel many of the old manuscripts and the violin. According to Henkel, Mr. Andre claimed that Mozart's widow had told him that the dalla Costa violin had belonged to Mozart and that Mozart had played it often."

More News About Mozart's Violin, Max Möller, Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1957, Chicago


"Experts are of the opinion that Mozart's Costa violin is original and complete in all essential parts: back, ribs, top, scroll and varnish. The whole instrument is in a good and absolutely playable condition. The body measures 357 mm in length, and has a maximum width of 204 mm and a minimum width of 112 mm. The top, as usual, is made from spruce and the back is made from remarkably beautifully flamed maple wood."

http://www.mozarteum.at/en/museums/mozarts-original-instruments.html

Provenance

1782 - 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1791 - 1799 Constanze Mozart
from 1799 Anton Andre
from 1840 Heinrich Henkel
in 1899 Karl Henkel
... ...
in 1957 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
from 1988 Private Collection
in 2013 Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller
from 2013 Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

Known players

Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Certificates & Documents

  • Document: Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Salzburg (2013) Press Release

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References

  • Geigen aus Venedig, Aloys Greither, Werner Dausien, Hanau (illustrated)
  • Leopold Mozart and His Dalla Costa Violin
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1957, Max Möller, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1945, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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