Camillo Camilli, Mantua, 1730

Small Violin: 44779

Labeled, "Camillus Camilli Fecit / Mantua 1730."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of broad grain

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 34.5 cm


"Unquestionably, this was a fine instrument, in good condition and still possessing its original label. There were, however, several qualifying factors: its tone was shrill and harsh; at 13-3/4 inches (34.5 mm.) it was considerably under normal size; and finally, its reserve was high."

Sotheby's Sixth New York Musical Instrument Auction, Nov. 24, 1979, Philip J. Kass, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 3, Flushing, NY


until 1979 Jacques Barzun
in 1981 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1929)

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  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby Parke Bernet Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 24, 1979, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 27, 1981, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 3, Philip J. Kass, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY


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