Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, 1834

Viola: 47895

Bearing its original label, "Joannes Franciscus Pressenda q. Raphael, fecit Taurini anno Domini 1834."

Inscribed within the pegbox, "P."

Illustrated in Liuteria Italiana: Vol. IV by Eric Blot.

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with mainly horizontal broad-width flame.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with narrow to medium-width grain broadening toward the edges.

Scroll: of similar wood with narrower figure.

Ribs: of similar wood but of less pronounced curl.

Varnish: of a red dark golden-brown color / Red-brown over a dark golden ground

Length of back: 39.2 cm

Upper bouts: 18.0 cm

Middle bouts: 12.1 cm

Lower bouts: 22.5 cm

There are 14 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"The neck of the instrument is original and inside the peg box we can see a curious design with the letter 'P,' rarely found on his instruments."

Liuteria Italiana: Vol. IV, Eric Blot, Eric Blot, Liuteria Italiana: Volume IV, 1800-1950: 150 Years of Violinmaking in Piedmont, Cremona


until 1947 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1947 Mrs. M. H. Osterfield
from 2000 Anonymous
in 2023 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, London (2023)
  • Certificate: Andreas Woywod, London (2000)
  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (2000)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1947)

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  • Correspondence with Michalis Pantelides, April, 2008
  • Liuteria Italiana: Volume IV, 1800-1950: 150 Years of Violinmaking in Piedmont, Eric Blot, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)


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