Giuseppe Antonio Rocca, Turin, 1850

Violin: 46683

Labeled, "JOSEPH ROCCA fecit / Taurini anno Domini 1850 IHS."

Back: One-piece

Top: of fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm


"The Joseph Rocca violin was stolen on July 22nd, 1994, at 57th St. 8th Ave. , New York city, from Mr. K. Irie, president of Inlet String, Ltd, to whom this owner had consigned the violin for sale. New York city police has registered this criminal case and the thief, Carlos Gonzales, has fled during the prosecution (number 12513/94). "

Correspondence with Tom Miyasaka


in 1985 Sold by Sotheby's
in 1988 Seiji Kageyama
until 1939 Hart & Son
from 1939 F. Nicholls
from 1990 Current owner

Known players

Seiji Kageyama

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1939)

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  • Correspondence with Tom Miyasaka, July, 2011
  • The Strad, September, 1999, Tsutomu Miyasaka, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 3, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)


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