Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia, 1600, the 'Joyce'

Viola: 43288

Labeled, "Gio. Paolo Maggini in Brescia."

The head later.

Back: One-piece cut on the slab of irregular curl

Top: of prominent open grain

Scroll: plain, from a later period

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 42.6 cm

Upper bouts: 19.6 cm

Middle bouts: 12.88 cm

Lower bouts: 23.97 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


One of the instruments exhibited in Brescia in June, 2007 at the "Gio Paolo Maggini Secoli di dettagli" exhibition.

Gio Paolo Maggini, Exhibition - Brescia, Italy, 2007


until 1885 Joyce
until 1962 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1962 Justice Lionel Jellinek
in 2007 Fondazione Pro Canale - Milano

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2013) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1386.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1962) "We consider this viola one of the finest existing examples of Maggini's work and it is in its original i.e. uncut . . . For many years the instrument was in the Joyce collection which was dispersed about 1885."

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.)


  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 20, 1984, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Gio Paolo Maggini, Exhibition - Brescia, Italy, 2007
  • Gio: Paolo Maggini in Brescia (exhibition catalog), nuovesettimanebaroche, Brescia (illustrated)
  • Liutai in Brescia: 1520-1724, Eric Blot, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Patronage and investment in fine musical instruments, Fondazione Pro Canale, Milan (illustrated)
  • Private Papers
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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