Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1690, the 'Nobuko Imai'

Viola: 43483

Back: One-piece, semi-slab cut maple with small irregular figure

Top: of medium open straight grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of quarter-cut maple with regular figure

Varnish: Reddish brown

Length of back: 41.6 cm

Upper bouts: 19.5 cm

Lower bouts: 24.1 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1917 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1917 Alfred C. Marshall
until 1936 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1936 Lewis Bruce
until 1944 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1944 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
- Brieff
in 1994 Current owner

Known players

Nobuko Imai

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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  • The Strad, 1917, Towry Piper, London, Dec 1917 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1994, Daniel Whitman, Orpheus, London
  • 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)
  • Wurlitzer Rare Violas by Celebrated Makers of the 16th-19th centuries, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)


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