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Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Decke
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Decke
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Boden
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Boden
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Zargen
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Zargen
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Schnecke
Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Schnecke
Inventory No.: 4651
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 37.8 cm
Year: approx. 1800

Fine petite viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800

This fine petite viola was created around 1800, the heyday of violin making in Mittenwald. It is a rare tribute to the top-tier traditional artisanry that represented the standards being upheld by the best workshops in this influential violin-making region. At a body length of around 38 cm, the rather small model is comfortable to play: its mature, silver sound with warmth and fullness allows musicians to achieve nuanced interpretations supported by outstanding resonance. The instrument's high musical quality is due in no small part to the premium tone woods selected by the master whose name has sadly been lost to history. The moderately-grained spruce of the top and the mildly flamed maple of the one-piece back are typical of the Karwendel mountains, and both their aesthetic and their acoustic properties are compelling. A history of more than 200 years has left traces on the red-brown varnish which give this very well-preserved viola its character and emphasize its flawless antique appearance. A historic rarity amongst southern German stringed instruments, a viola with minor repairs only, mainly to the ribs, that was painstakingly restored at our specialist atelier and made ready to play. We recommend it warmly to demanding violists.

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