Giuseppe Antonio Rocca, Genoa, 1854
Labeled, "JOSEPH ROCCA fecit Genua anno Domini 1854" and branded "G. R." in the mortice of the pegbox and on the lower bass block.
Back: One-piece of broad curl ascending from left to right
Top: of open grain
Scroll: of wood similar to back
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Length of back: 35.4 cm
Upper bouts: 16.9 cm
Lower bouts: 20.9 cm
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Notes:"The text entry in Azzolina's work ['Liuteria Italiana'] alludes to this violin being the second violin in a quartet constructed in 1853-1854. Azzolina illustrates the first violin, a Stradivari copy, and the viola, as 'plate 30 & 32' respectively."
Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 21, 1995, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 21, 1995, London, London
"This violin is in exceptional condition and still has the original pegs."
Correspondence with Wolfgang Hamberger
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|until 2008||Current owner|
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- Correspondence with Wolfgang Hamberger, November, 2008
- Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
- Liuteria Italiana dell'ottocento e del novecento, Professor Umberto Azzolina, Casa Editrice Geschina, Milan (illustrated)
- Private Archives - 1610
- Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 21, 1995, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
- Sotheby's Photo Archive