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Large Italian viola, approx. 1930 - top view
Large Italian viola, approx. 1930 - top view
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Provenance: Italy
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.5 cm
Year: approx. 1930
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Italian Neapolitanian viola, approx. 1930

This Italian viola was built approx. 1930 in Naples, a large instrument with a body length of 41.4 cm. Its unmistakable Italian appearance perfectly demonstrates its provenance, even if the workshop is unknown where this amazing instrument was crafted. The soundholes are cut in a very characteristical shape, the dominant, large scroll and the soft, orange-brown varnish, probably applied by a later Italian hand, are true expressions of a mature Italian style, that is underlined by the self-confident choice of tonewoods. Especially the medium grained spruce of the top has fine irreguarities that are used by the luthier to create a highly individual piece of art. The one-piece back is an even more perfectly done play with nature, as its delicate flaming seems to be grown especially to match the shape of this instrument. But what is all aesthetical virtuosity against the great acoustic qualities this viola is featuring, with a floating, light and open voice that is more than recommendable, precise and perfectly balanced across the strings. We offer this rare quality instrument in undamaged, excellent condition, completely checked by our luthier, in immediate playing condition.

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