Carlo Antonio Santino Lavazza, Milan, c. 1720

Viola: 44813

Bearing a facsimile label of Lorenzo Guadagnini, inserted by W. E. Hill & Sons.

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: by G. B. Guadagnini circa 1775

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 39.8 cm

Upper bouts: 19.5 cm

Middle bouts: 13.6 cm

Lower bouts: 24.2 cm

There are 15 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1949 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1949 Miss Hovenden
until 1963 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1963 Hugo Linden
from 2007 and in 2020 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2022) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1700 and 1701, respectively. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare (photocopy), London (2013) Attributes the instrument to Santino Lavazza.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London (1963) Ascribes the instrument to Lorenzo Gudagnini.
  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, London

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  • Correspondence with owner, 5-23-2003
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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