Tommaso Balestrieri, Mantua, 1760

Violin: 44032

Labeled, "Thomas Balestrieri Cremonensis fecit Mantua Anno 1756."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of medium grain, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of very faint curl

Ribs: cut on the quarter, of broad curl

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


[translated from the Dutch]: "On this particular example Balestrieri used an orange varnish of an excellent composition. The varnish is of a soft texture which is particularly good for the sound of the instrument. The illustrated violin has, as with most of Balestrieri's work, a very beautiful sound quality."

Italiaansche Vioolbouw, Max Möller, Italiaansche Vioolbouw, Amsterdam


- Sold by Max Möller & Son
in 1933 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
... ...
in 1939 E. F. van Suchtelen
... ...
in 1978 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1934)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1898)

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.)


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Italiaansche Vioolbouw, Max Möller, Max Möller N. V., Amsterdam (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 16, 1978, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad, August, 1939, London (illustrated)


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