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Violas and viola bows

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The viola's austere and dark sound may be the main reason why the viola 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 violas'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 presents a selection of interesting old and antique violas, master violas and viola bows for sale with rich, resonant and warm sounds. 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. Which of the violas for sale should I buy? Take a look at our helpful information on how to select an old viola 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. Violas we have sold.

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

This French viola bow, an excellent French J. P. Gerard viola bow at an affordable pr ...

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

Alfred Knoll viola bow

This Alfred Knoll viola bow is a top-quality silver mounted viola bow from the esteem ...

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 viola bow, a silver-mounted, strong player, was crafted by an unknown bowmaker i ...

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

Czech Viola - top

This viola, a modern unlabeled late 20th century Czech instrument, is a piece of unmi ...

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

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

Inventory No.: B1065
Provenance: Probably England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 65.2 g
Year: approx. 1920
Price: 1,700.00 €

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 viola, a modern Markneukirchen German viola of quality built around 1970, was 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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Morizot viola bow frog

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: 2,000.00 €

Viola by Joseph Klimits - 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: 3,000.00 €

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 French viola by René Morizot provides an interesting insight into one of the mos ...

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

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Small French viola: Didier Nicolas, Mirecourt, 1849

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

Inventory No.: 5063
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Joseph Nicolas fils
Length of back: 38.6 cm
Year: 1849
Price: 5,000.00 €

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

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

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

Contemporary Italian viola from Cremona by Piergiuseppe Esposti

This contemporary Italian viola by the Cremonese master Piergiuseppe Esposti is an ex ...

Inventory No.: 5342
Provenance: Cremona
Maker: Piergiuseppe Esposti
Length of back: 40.6 cm
Year: 2001
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 €

Italian viola by Umberto Lanaro, 1968 -top

SALE Those who, like Italian luthier Umberto Lanaro, choose to rely solely on the str ...

Inventory No.: 2951
Provenance: Padova
Maker: Umberto Lanaro
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: 1968
Price: 10,000.00 €

Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top

The fact that a baroque viola has survived nearly 200 years without damage is a rare  ...

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 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: 10,000.00 €

Johann Christian Voigt II viola

In 1788 the Markneukirchen master luthier Johann Christian Voigt II created this fine ...

Inventory No.: 4794
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Johann Christian Voigt II
Length of back: 38.7 cm
Year: 1788
Price: 12,000.00 €

Anton Jais Mittenwald viola - Decke

This fine petite Anton Jais viola was created around 1790, the heyday of violin makin ...

Inventory No.: 4651
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Anton Jais
Length of back: 37.8 cm
Year: approx. 1790
Price: 15,000.00 €

Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 - viola 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: 18,500.00 €

viola by Marcello Martinenghi - spruce top

A self-confident demonstration of sophisticated handicraft and of a distinctive style ...

Inventory No.: A10
Provenance: Bassano
Maker: Marcello Martinenghi
Length of back: 40.2 cm
Year: 1949
Price: 20,000.00 €

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Mario Bedocchi

Of the twelve violas known to belong to the oeuvre of luthier Mario Bedocchi, this It ...

Inventory No.: 3756
Provenance: Reggio Emilia
Maker: Mario Bedocchi
Length of back: 39.0 cm
Year: 1922
Price: 20,000.00 €

Giuseppe Lucci, fine Italian viola, Rome 1967

A comparatively young instrument, this fine Italian viola was crafted by Giuseppe Luc ...

Inventory No.: 3512
Provenance: Rome
Maker: Giuseppe Lucci
Length of back: 41.8 cm
Year: 1967
Price: 25,000.00 €

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Buy German, French and Italian violas and viola bows online

Corilon violins is proud to present its carefully chosen selection of antique violas of German, French and Italian origin for sale; these old string instruments with warm and rich, resonant sounds represent a broad spectrum of characteristics and various times in history. Our premium violas and viola bows, affordable and master instruments, have all been painstakingly and thoughtfully restored by the qualified experts at our workshop who bring each piece back into top condition and make them ready to play.

New arrivals in our catalogue
  • French violin bow. Mirecourt approx. 1950
  • SALE Hermann Prell school, Fine German master violin bow
  • Outstanding antique German violin. "Conservatory violin", approx. 1920
  • Warm, matured, resonant sounds: Old violin from Saxony
  • Lovely old French violin by Laberte, Mirecourt
  • Contemporary Italian master violin by Nicola Vendrame, Venice
  • Antique violin. Adolf Sprenger, Stuttgart, 1915
  • SALE French cello bow - Joseph Alfred Lamy père (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE Italian violin of the Pollastri-school: Bruno Piastri, 1993
  • French violin No. 15 by Pierre Claudot, Marseille
  • Old Markneukirchen violin by Wilhelm Herwig
  • German 3/4 violin. A fine small instrument
  • SALE Italian violin by Pierluigi Galetti, Cremona 1999
  • Antique French violin. Made in approximately 1880
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE George Chanot jr., fine English violin, London
  • Brilliant toned Markneukirchen violin. 1940's
  • English violin by Jeffery J. Gilbert, 1906
  • Violin bow - excellent playing qualities, Markneukirchen
  • Old Markneukirchen violin. Paul Rammig, 1938
  • Old violin. Made in Markneukirchen, 1940's
  • Antique Saxon violin after J. Stainer,  c.1920
  • Eugène Cuniot-Hury, French violin bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Fine French cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine violin bow by Carl Albert Nürnberger, c.1920 (certificate Klaus Grünke)