Carlo Antonio Lorenzo Bergonzi II, Cremona, 1796, the 'Driggs'

Violin: 46747

Labeled, "Carlo Bergonzi fecit / in Cremona anno 1796."

Back: Two-piece of Italian Oppio maple, with an original wing in the lower bout

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.45 cm

Middle bouts: 10.6 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 21 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"It is easy to see how his instruments can travel under other colors, and indeed this one had at one time been certified and sold, nothwithstanding the label, as a Nicola."

Cremona After Stradivari: The Bergonzi and Storioni Families, Duane Rosengard, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 1, Flushing, NY


W. H. Driggs
Sally Dodge
Chi-Mei Culture Foundation
until 1925 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
from 1925 and in 1936 Lillian Shattuck
until 1936 Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1936 Louise Zimmer
in c. 2010 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1999) X-1713.
  • Letter: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1993)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1936)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)

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.)


  • Correspondence with Dai-Ting Chung, consultant for the Chi Mei Foundation, July, 2008
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 1, Duane Rosengard, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Dai Ting Chung, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1977, London (illustrated)


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