Ref :   0985

A good unlabelled viola of French Origin
Possibly sold through Beare's or W.E.Hill & Sons
Circa 1910

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The first thing one notices about this instrument is its superb condition. It has no evident repairs or any cracks in the main plates. The neck alignment and elevation is as new.

With a back length of 39.6 cm it is at the smaller end of the range, as far as violas go. It has the number B 15 discreetly stamped into the front edge of the fingerboard, facing the bridge. Both Beare's in London and W.E. Hill & Sons used such numbering systems on instruments sold through their businesses, so this suggests that this viola at some time was sold by one of those two companies.

Although unlabelled, its French roots are apparent in the arching, cornerwork and varnish and also in the selection of materials. The top is of fairly open-grained spruce, often preferred by some Mirecourt makers. The attractive one-piece back and sides are of mildly figured maple with a faint curl. The varnish is a strong red-brown over a yellow ground which shows prominently and attractively where the varnish is worn - notably in the back. Workmanship is steady throughout.

This viola speaks easily and the tone is well-balanced throughout. It's smaller size makes it comfortable for a smaller person or someone switching often between viola and violin.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 39.6 cm

Condition :
  Excellent condition, free from apparent repairs or cracks. New bridge, tailpiece and endpin.
New professional quality strings by Pirastro - Evah Pirazzi

Provenance :
  The property of Johan Grobbelaar.

Price : P.O.A.


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