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Violas and viola bows

The viola's austere and dark sound may be the main reason why this instrument is thought of as the violin's melancholy big sister. Playing an essential role in chamber and orchestral music, the solo repertoire for the viola is a predominantly modern phenomenon, the instrument's special qualities were overlooked for a very long time. Today violas can be widely heard in film scores, and important soloists such as Kim Kashkashian are exploring new spheres by bringing the viola into jazz and world music. Our online catalogue presents a selection of interesting old and antique violas and master violas with rich, resonant and warm sounds. The "violas" section also features our online selection of viola bows. Search our website for violas for sale of a special maker or origin by typing e. g. "German viola", "French viola" or "Italian viola" into the search box. Buy and try old violas, viola bows and master violas online at Corilon violins, each one selected for sound and condition, professionally restored by our qualified violin makers and offered ready to play.

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Older German viola bow, silver mounted - frog

Good quality 1980's German viola bow, silver mounted - warm, large tone

Inventory No.: B700
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 67.1 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 890.0 €

1/2 - French small-sized viola

French Mirecourt 1/2 sized viola

Inventory No.: 1599
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 30.1 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 950.0 €

Viola bow by Max Leicht, circa 1920 - frog
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Viola bow by Max Leicht, circa 1920

Inventory No.: B416
Provenance: Hohendorf
Maker: Max Leicht
Length of back: 64.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 950.0 €


French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900 - table

Rare French 1/2 viola, approx. 1900

Inventory No.: 2908
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.3 cm
Year: approx. 1900
Price: 1500.0 €

English viola by Alan McDougall - table

English viola by Alan McDougall

Inventory No.: 2740
Provenance: Middleham,Leyburn
Maker: Alan McDougall
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: 1986
Price: 1500.0 €

Strong silver mounted viola bow, c1980, Markneukirchen, Germany -

Strong, silver mounted viola bow, c.1980, Markneukirchen, Germany

Inventory No.: A52
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 66.7 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 1600.0 €


F. C. Pfretzschner, silver mounted viola bow - frog
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F. C. Pfretzschner, silver mounted viola bow

Inventory No.: A35
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: F. C. Pfretzschner
Length of back: 69.7 g
Year: 20th century
Price: 1900.0 €

Fine Silver mounted viola bow, probably England, c.1920 - frog
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Fine old viola bow, silver, probably England, c.1920

Inventory No.: B1065
Provenance: Probably England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2000.0 €

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935- table

Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935

Inventory No.: 4551
Provenance: Schönbach
Maker: Ferdinand Fischer
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1935
Price: 2500.0 €


Joseph Klimits, master viola ca. 1860 - top

Viola, probably Vienna, Joseph Klimits

Inventory No.: 687
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Joseph Klimits
Length of back: 39.9 cm
Year: 1860 circa
Price: 3000.0 €

Good Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982 - top view
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Modern Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982

Inventory No.: 4687
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Matthias Klotz
Length of back: 39.8 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 3500.0 €

Antique viola Mirecourt
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Antique 19th century Mirecourt viola (sold)

Inventory No.: 1707
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 37.7 cm
Year: 1820
Price: 4000.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 19th century violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1850 - warm, sweet tone
  • 1/4 - Very good quality old German 1/4 violin, c. 1900, quarter-sized violin
  • Old German violin, Saxony, approx. 1930
  • French violin bow, atelier Charles Louis Bazin (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Antique Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850
  • Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • French violin bow, J.T.L., made for Pierre Hel (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Fine Markneukirchen master violin bow after J. B. Vuillaume
  • 18th century: Tyrolean master violin, unknown, approx. 1750
  • Excellent French violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Charles Nicolas Bazin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • Excellent German master violin bow, warm, fluid sound, 1940's
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 3/4 - recommendable, old Mittenwald 3/4 violin
  • Fine old viola bow, silver, probably England, c.1920
  • 3/4 - antique Hopf workshop 3/4 violin,19th century
  • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow, Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Interesting modern Italian violin, probably Luigi Mozzani, 1941
  • Giuseppe Pedrazzini, fine Italian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • 1950's German Markneukirchen violin bow, silver, with a blank frog
  • English Silver mounted violin bow: soft stick, mellow tone
  • Justin Maucotel: A powerful French violin, c.1840
  • Italian violin, Primo Contavalli, 1973 (certificate Benjamin Schröder)
  • Fine 18th century violin by Franz Knitl, Freising, 1789 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)