Michele Deconet, Venice, 1780, the 'Kroyt'

Viola: 47443

Labeled, "Michele Deconet / Fecit, Venetijs Anno / 1780 Septembre."

Back: One-piece

Top: one-piece

Scroll: violin style

Ribs: one-piece lower rib

Length of back: 40.65 cm

Upper bouts: 19 cm

Middle bouts: 12.4 cm

Lower bouts: 23.4 cm

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Shown at the Exhibition of Venetian instruments in Boston, May, 2002.

The Violinmakers of Venice, The Violinmakers of Venice: 1582-1885 (CD-ROM), Boston

"This viola had its dimensions slightly reduced in the upper bouts sometime in the past. We were fortunate to have access to the great viola played by the late Boris Kroyt of the Budapest String Quartet to serve as a model as we restored this viola to its original size of 16 inches."

Reuning & Son Violins – Connoisseurs and Dealers in Violins, Violas, 'Cellos and Their Bows


in c. 1930 Sold by Louis Krasner
c. 1930-1946 Gertrude Clarke Whittall
1946-c. 1948 Library of Congress, Washington
from c. 1948 Current owner

Known players

Boris Kroyt

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1742.

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