Peregrino Michelli Di Zanetto, Brescia, c. 1560

Viola: 44785

Labeled, "Andrea Amati . . . 1568."

Back: in two pieces of quarter cut maple with narrow width flame running mostly horizontally

Top: in two pieces of pine with uneven grain.

Scroll: not original.

Ribs: of similar wood

Varnish: of an orangish brown color.

Length of back: 41.3 cm

Upper bouts: 19.5 cm

Middle bouts: 13.6 cm

Lower bouts: 24.1 cm

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


Gertrude Buttery
Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1985 and in 1991 Current owner

Known players

Ellen Rose

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2014) Dates the latest ring of bass and treble sides as 1502 and 1501 respectively. Written report available for purchase upon request.
  • Insurance valuation: Gael Français, New York, NY (2011) $900,000
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1986) #2672.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY

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.)


  • The History of the Viola, Volume II, Maurice W. Riley (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 49 (illustrated)


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