Giuseppe Antonio Rocca, Genoa, 1856, the 'Maud Powell'


Violin: 85964

Labeled, "Joseph Rocca fecit R), Genua anno anno Domini 1856 IHS."

Branded to the lower bass corner block.

Back: in two pieces of quarter cut maple with medium width flame descending from the center seam.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium-broad grain.

Ribs: and head of similar wood.

Varnish: of a golden orange-brown color.

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 21.0 cm

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Notes:

"[quoting Maude Powell:] My Rocca violin is an interesting instance of wood worn in ridges by the stubble on a man's chin."

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, New York

Provenance

in 1905 Sold by John & Arthur Beare
1905 - 1920 Maud Powell
1920 - 1924 H. Godfrey Turner
from 1924 Nathan E. Posner
- John W. Coggeshall
- Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1963 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer
... ...
in 2010 Anonymous
until 2018 Anonymous
in 2018 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2018 Barbara Appignani
from 2018 Current owner

Known players

Maud Powell

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer, New York, NY (1963)
  • Letter: H. Godfrey Turner (1924)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1919)

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References

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