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Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top
Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top
Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - top
Baroque viola in original condition, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - maple back
Baroque viola in original condition, Mittenwald, approx. 1800 - maple back
Violon alto baroque allemand de Mittenwald - eclisses
Violon alto baroque allemand de Mittenwald - eclisses
Violon alto baroque en etat original - volute
Violon alto baroque en etat original - volute
Inventory No.: A37
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Josef Klotz circle
Length of back: 37.4 cm
Year: 1800/1820

Baroque viola, Josef Klotz circle, c.1800 Mittenwald (certificate Christian Lijsen)

The fact that a baroque viola has survived nearly 200 years without damage is a rare stroke of good luck– all the more so if the instrument in question is a Baroque viola in original condition with an authentic Baroque design. The elongated and upright peg box of this Baroque viola and its delicate Baroque sound holes are to be considered defining aspects of its aesthetic, although at the same time they serve as true representatives of their time – the very early 19th century – when it comes to key questions about violin-making technique. The original neck of short length was nailed through the upper block, and the bass bar has also remained unchanged in its Baroque dimensions, which were adapted to accommodate a lower string tension. As a result, this Baroque viola dating back to the period between 1800-1820 opens up a window into musical history, not only because of its antique appearance but in terms of its sound. With a body measuring 37.4 cm, this is a conveniently small instrument, and its warm, mature voice has a silvery character and offers musicians interesting approaches to playing demanding and historically informed interpretations. Its provenance can be narrowed down to those who worked with Mittenwald master luthier Josef Klotz, as is confirmed by a certificate issued by Munich-based expert Christian Lijsen. In keeping with the instrument’s good heritage, the self-confident carving of the scroll indicates the steady hand of an experienced master. At our specialist atelier for restoration, this original Baroque viola, which we received in undamaged condition, was meticulously set up and made ready for Baroque playing; it is a rare piece, ideal for professional ensembles, and needs no further recommendation. A certificate by Munich expert Christian Lijsen is included in the price.

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