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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 €

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 €


Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow - frog

From the estate of Prof. Günter Szkokan: Edwin Lothar Herrmann, silver mounted German viola bow

Inventory No.: A97
Provenance: Schönlind
Maker: E.L. Herrmann
Length of back: 67.5 g
Year: mid 20th century
Price: 1900.0 €

Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt - frog

Roger Lotte: French viola bow, Mirecourt

Inventory No.: B799
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Roger François Lotte
Length of back: 68.1 g
Year: approx. 1940
Price: 2000.0 €

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

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 €


Fine French contemporary viola bow by Pierre Testa, Paris - frog

Very fine French viola bow by Pierre Testa, Paris (contemporary)

Inventory No.: B798
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Pierre Testa
Length of back: 70.0 g
Year: approx. 2010
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 Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935- table

TONALLY IMPROVED: Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935

Inventory No.: 4551
Provenance: Schönbach
Maker: Ferdinand Fischer
Length of back: 39.2 cm
Year: 1935
Price: 3000.0 €

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Rare "Ritter viola", viola alta, Markneukirchen, c.1910 - Top
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Rare "Ritter viola", viola alta, Markneukirchen, c.1910

Inventory No.: 4644
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 47.5 cm
Year: approx. 1910
Price: 3000.0 €

 5 string viola, Louis Dölling Jr., Markneukirchen, 1932 - table
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Rare 5 string viola, masterpiece by Louis Dölling Jr., Markneukirchen, 1932

Inventory No.: 4506
Provenance: Markneukirchen
Maker: Louis Dölling Jr.
Length of back: 39.6 cm
Year: 1932
Price: 3500.0 €

German master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel, Erlbach / Markneukirchen - top

German master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel, Erlbach / Markneukirchen

Inventory No.: 4838
Provenance: Erlbach / Markneukirchen
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 41.2 cm
Year: 1989
Price: 3500.0 €



New arrivals in our catalogue
  • H. Emile Blondelet, old French violin, No. 235, made 1924
  • French violin of Mirecourt, late 19th century
  • Antique French Mirecourt violin, c.1880 after J. B., Vuillaume - warm, sweet tone
  • WORKED OVER AND IMPROVED: Johann Georg Schönfelder: fine Markneukirchen violin, c1790
  • Fine violin by Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1962 (certificate E. H. Roth)
  • Rare German violin by Christoph Friedrich Hunger, Leipzig, 1776
  • Powerful 1930's Markneukirchen violin, Guarnerius model - birdseye maple
  • Rare "Ritter viola", viola alta, Markneukirchen, c.1910
  • Excellent sounding old Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1940
  • 3/4 - fine French 3/4 violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1880
  • 19th century French violin, approx. 1880
  • German student violin, approx. 1940
  • Master violin of unknown origin, c.1960/1970, Galimberti copy
  • Rare 5 string viola, masterpiece by Louis Dölling Jr., Markneukirchen, 1932
  • 3/4 - attractive old 1950's Markneukirchen 3/4 violin
  • Interesting violin op. 13 by Alajos Werner, Budapest, 1910
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1760 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
  • Bubenreuth violin, Bernd Dimbarth No. 64
  • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED: Ernst Heinrich Roth, 1922: Markneukirchen, master violin after Guarnerius
  • 1/2 - French Mirecourt 1/2 sized violin
  • 1/2 - French 1/2 violin, approx. 1900
  • Giorgio Grisales, modern Italian violin, Cremona, 1993 (certificate Giorgio Grisales)
  • Old Italian violin, Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona 1921
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)