Antonio Mariani, Pesaro, 1666

Viola: 44068

Labeled, "Antonio Mariani in Pesaro, 1666."

Double-purfled with an intricate inlaid geometric design.

Back: In two pieces of slab cut maple with faint flame.

Top: in one piece of spruce with medium width grain.

Ribs: of similar wood.

Varnish: of a reddish brown color.

Length of back: 43.9 cm

Upper bouts: 21.1 cm

Middle bouts: 14 cm

Lower bouts: 26.4 cm

There are 14 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The instrument was still in its original form when it was acquired by Sandeman, but he had it reduced in size. After his death, the viola was restored to its former size by William E. Hill & Sons.

Early Violas, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, December, 1945, Chicago


- Ernest A. Sandeman
until 1941 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1941 Nathan E. Posner
- Ernest N. Doring
in 1958 Sold by Hans Weisshaar
1958 - 2014 Anonymous
from 2014 Current owner

Known players

Mary Elliott James

Certificates & Documents

  • Bill of sale: Hans Weisshaar, Hollywood, CA (1958) Sold to Miss Mary James
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1941) "This viola, previously reduced in size, has been restored to its original dimensions...a handsome and characteristic example of the maker's work."

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.)


  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1945, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The History of the Viola, Volume II, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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