Tommaso Balestrieri, Mantua, c. 1760-70

Violin: 44583

Labeled, "Thomas Balestrieri, Cremonen Mantuae Anno 176*."

Back: Two-piece marked with a faint, narrow curl extending nearly horizontally across the back, the curl being slightly more prominent at the outer edges

Top: of spruce, medium fine-grained at the center, broadening slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood matching back

Ribs: with a narrow, faint irregular curl

Varnish: Golden brown over an amber ground

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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Sir George Donaldson
until 1909 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1970 Miss Bradfield
in 1970 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1970 Bowden
in 1972 Sold by William Moennig & Son
in 1974 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Receipt: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1909)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1909)

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  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, July 16, 1970, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1974, London (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Spring, 1972, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia (illustrated)


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