Alessandro D'Espine, Turin, c. 1823

Viola: 60711

Labeled, "A. D'Espine Hieronymi Guarneri Joseph Nep. Cremonem Disciplus Taurini fecit A 1823 IHS."

Original neck.
Rosewood pegs.

Back: in one piece of maple with narrow width flame ascending slightly from treble to bass side.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with regular broad width grain.

Scroll: similar

Ribs: similar

Varnish: of a reddish orange brown colour.

Length of back: 38.4 cm

Upper bouts: 18.6 cm

Middle bouts: 12.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm


until 1920 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1920 W. H. Machin
until 1936 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1936 Arthur F. Hill
until 1943 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1943 Miss W. Pettitt
until 1956 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1956 Miss Winfred Allan
in 2014 Anonymous
in 2015 Anonymous
until 2019 Anonymous
in 2019 Sold by Tarisio
from 2019 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio Europe, London (2019)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1994)
  • Letter certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1957)

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  • W. E. Hill & Sons - Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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