Carlo Antonio Santino Lavazza, Milan, 1720

Viola: 44813

Bearing a facsimile label by Hills.

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

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


This instrument was previously attributed to Lorenzo Guadagnini but has been re-attributed to Santino Lavazza following Rosengard's discovery that L. Guadagnini was a butcher, not a violin maker.

Correspondence with owner


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

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (2013) Attributes the instrument to Santino Lavazza.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1963) Ascribes the instrument to Lorenzo Gudagnini.

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


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