Giovanni Guidanti, Bologna, 1737

Viola: 43771

Labeled, "Joannes Florenus Guidantus Fecit / Bononiae Anno 1737."

Back: Two-piece of medium curl

Top: of open grain

Scroll: plainer

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Light red-brown

Length of back: 41.4 cm

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


Illustrated in the September 1946 issue of "The Strad."

Violin Makers of Bologna, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1954, Chicago


until 1932 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
from 1932 and in 1946 Watson Forbes
Pohjola Bank Art Foundation
in 1982 Sold by Christie's
... ...
in 2013 Current owner

Known players

Watson Forbes

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1932)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London "…this was one of two Guidantus violas that has passed through our hands in seventy years."

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  • The Strad, September, 1946, London (illustrated)
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments and Printed Music Auction Catalog, June 2, 1982, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 1946, Watson Forbes, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1954, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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