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Violas and viola bows

A good instrument is as individual as its player.


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 the viola 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. Corilon violins online catalogue presents a selection of interesting antique German, French and Italian violas for sale with rich, resonant and warm sounds. Search our website for violas for sale of a special maker, origin or sound by typing e. g. "German viola", "French viola" or "Italian viola" into the search box. Take a look at our helpful information on signs of quality of an old instrument and feel free to ask for the best viola recommendations or suitable viola bow.

German, French and Italian violas and viola bows for sale Corilon violins: with 30 days returns, trade guarantee,
optional certificate, each viola offered in perfect condition, professionally worked over and approved by our violin maker. Follow the link to see some of the violas we have sold.

French J. P. Gerard viola bow, 1980's - frog

This excellent French J. P. Gerard viola bow was probably made by Ary France in Mirec ...

Inventory No.: B868
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: probably Ary France
Length of back: 71.6 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 950.00 €

German viola bow. Markneukirchen, 1920's

This German viola bow is a quality piece of mature craftmnship that was made in Markn ...

Inventory No.: B454
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 64.1 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 950.00 €

Alfred Knoll viola bow

This silver-mounted Alfred Knoll viola bow is a top-quality piece from the esteemed w ...

Inventory No.: B849
Provenance: Oberplex / Bavaria
Maker: Alfred Knoll
Length of back: 72,5 g
Year: 1980 / 1990
Price: 990.00 €


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

This strong, silver mounted viola bow was crafted by an unknown bowmaker in Markneuki ...

Inventory No.: A52
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 66.7 g
Year: approx. 1980
Price: 1,400.00 €

Czech Viola - top

This unlabeled late 20th century Czech viola is piece of unmistakeable individuality, ...

Inventory No.: 5121
Provenance: Czech Republic
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 40.8 cm
Year: late 20th century
Price: 1,500.00 €

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Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow - frog

In the context of the Vogtland region's multifaceted bow-making tradition, the Herrma ...

Inventory No.: A97
Provenance: Schönlind
Maker: E.L. Herrmann
Length of back: 67.5 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 1,800.00 €


Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910. Ebony frog with silver mounts.

This antique, silver mounted German viola bow it is a fine work from the Markneukirch ...

Inventory No.: B835
Provenance: Germany
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 72.6 g
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 1,800.00 €

Modern Markneukirchen viola, 1970's - Top

This modern Markneukirchen viola of quality built around 1970 in the region around Ma ...

Inventory No.: 5215
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.9 cm
Year: approx. 1970
Price: 1,800.00 €

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

The fine, unstamped viola bow presented here features finest quality, desirable playi ...

Inventory No.: B1065
Provenance: Probably England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2,000.00 €


Joseph Klimits, master viola ca. 1860 - top

An old 19th century viola that was most likely made by Joseph Klimits in Vienna. It i ...

Inventory No.: 687
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Joseph Klimits
Length of back: 39.9 cm
Year: late 19th century
Price: 2,200.00 €

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Made in the 1920's, this beautiful German viola ranks among the instruments which man ...

Inventory No.: 5299
Provenance: Saxony
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 38.6 cm
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 2,500.00 €

French viola bow frog, probably Morizot workshop

This French viola bow is a remarkable and well-balanced piece that very probably hail ...

Inventory No.: B891
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: probably Morizot
Length of back: 68.3 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 2,500.00 €


Good Mittenwald viola, Matthias Klotz 1982 - top view

This 1982 Mittenwald viola is a both a powerful young instrument and a mature work; i ...

Inventory No.: 4687
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Matthias Klotz
Length of back: 39.8 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 4,000.00 €

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Petite French viola: Didier Nicolas, Mirecourt, 1849

Joseph Nicolas fils crafted this historic viola, a lovely French instrument with an u ...

Inventory No.: 5063
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Joseph Nicolas fils
Length of back: 38.6 cm
Year: 1849
Price: 4,500.00 €

Fine quality Ernst Heinrich Roth viola made in 1958

The attractive, golden-brown spirit-oil varnish of this beautiful viola by Ernst Hein ...

Inventory No.: 4906
Provenance: Erlangen
Maker: Ernst Heinrich Roth
Length of back: 42.1 cm
Year: 1958
Price: 4,500.00 €

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René Morizot viola

This René Morizot viola provides an interesting insight into one of the most famous w ...

Inventory No.: 5213
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Rene Morizot
Length of back: 41,8 cm
Year: 1932
Price: 4,500.00 €

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Contemporary Markneukirchen master viola, Jochen Voigt, 1982 - viola able

A brilliantly crafted professional master instrument, this extremely powerful contemp ...

Inventory No.: A65
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Jochen Voigt
Length of back: 41.3 cm
Year: 1982
Price: 5,000.00 €

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Baroque viola

This baroque viola of the classical Nurnberg school was made by an unknown master of  ...

Inventory No.: 4626
Provenance: Southern Germany
Maker: Nürnberg school
Length of back: 37.9 cm
Year: approx. 1800
Price: 6,500.00 €


French soloist viola, Jacques Camurat, Paris 1963 - viola top

This large, originally labeled and stamped French Paris viola by Jacques Camurat, Par ...

Inventory No.: 4811
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Jacques Camurat
Length of back: 42.2 cm
Year: 1963
Price: 8,500.00 €

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Fine historic Markneukirchen viola, 18th century

Professional violists will especially enjoy this historic Markneukirchen viola of the ...

Inventory No.: 4343
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown master
Length of back: 39.0 cm
Year: 18th century
Price: 8,500.00 €

Fine viola by Ferdinand Kugler, Vienna, 1973 - top

This fine Viennese master viola by Ferdinand Kugler was especially made for Prof. Gün ...

Inventory No.: A96
Provenance: Vienna
Maker: Ferdinand Kugler
Length of back: 40.5 cm
Year: 1973
Price: 9,500.00 €


Fine viola, Mittenwald, approximately 1800 - Decke

This fine viola was created around 1800, the heyday of violin making in Mittenwald. I ...

Inventory No.: 4651
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 37.8 cm
Year: approx. 1800
Price: 9,500.00 €

Baroque viola in original condition, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top

The fact that a baroque stringed instrument has survived nearly 200 years without dam ...

Inventory No.: A37
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Josef Klotz circle
Length of back: 37.4 cm
Year: 1800/1820
Price: 10,000.00 €

Aldo Zani, fine contemporary Italian viola

Numerous gold medals at highly regarded competitions and a wide-ranging oeuvre are d ...

Inventory No.: 4087
Provenance: Cesena
Maker: Aldo Zani
Length of back: 42.0 cm
Year: 1969
Price: 10,000.00 €

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Fine Italian viola, Umberto Lanaro, 1968 -top

Those who, like Italian luthier Umberto Lanaro, choose to rely solely on the strong r ...

Inventory No.: 2951
Provenance: Padova
Maker: Umberto Lanaro
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: 1968
Price: 12,000.00 €

Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 - top view

This fine modern Italian viola by Cremonese luthier Stefano Conia was made in 1985 in ...

Inventory No.: 4840
Provenance: Cremona
Maker: Stefano Conia
Length of back: 41.2 cm
Year: 1985
Price: 15,000.00 €

François Fent, French viola of the late 18th century - table

A leading name in late 18th century French violin making, François Fent was the maker ...

Inventory No.: 3733
Provenance: Paris
Maker: François Fent
Length of back: 39.7 cm
Year: approx. 1780
Price: 18,000.00 €

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German, French an Italian violas from Corilon violins


Corilon violins is proud to present its carefully chosen selection of old violas from Germany, France and Italy; these string instruments represent a broad spectrum of characteristics and various times in history. Our premium violas, master instruments, cellos and German and French viola bows have all been painstakingly and thoughtfully restored by the qualified experts at our workshop in Munich who bring each piece back into top condition and make them ready to play.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel (Bernardel Père): Fine violin No. 8, 1827 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler, Hamma & Co. Stuttgart)
  • Older German violin, Made in the 1940's
  • German viola. Saxony, 1920's
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Italian violin, Raffaele Calace e figlio 1929 - violinist's recommendation!
  • Rare English violin by John Crowther, Holburn, London, 1788
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Georges Coné: Fine French violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937 - violinist's recommendation!
  • Contemporary Italian violin, Franco Albanelli workshop, 1997
  • Fine Hungarian Violin op. 13 by Alajos Werner, Budapest, 1910
  • 1930's French violin "Lutherie Artistique", Laberte
  • German 3/4 violin by Louis Dölling, Jr., Markneukirchen 1934
  • Italian violin by Mario Gadda, suitable for soloists, 1985 - violinist's recommendation!
  • Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910
  • French J. P. Gerard viola bow, 1980's
  • SALE Matthias Klotz 1982: Modern Mittenwald viola
  • French 7/8 violin, approx. 1950, Laberte
  • Modern violin of quality, handmade 1980/1990
  • Interesting old Italian violin, mid 20th century
  • Mario Gadda: Italian violin, 1980, after Stefano Scarampella
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Good French viola bow, probably Morizot workshop
  • Fine violin of the Thir circle / school, approx. 1750 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Josef Rieger, 1927: Old Mittenwald violin
  • Interesting old Master violin, approx. 1900 - violinist's recommendation!
  • Contemporary English violin, Elspeth Noble 1991 - Guarnerius model, Violinist's recommendation!