Ref :   1034

A very good Italian viola by
Dawne Haddad
Cremona, 1982. Dubbed 'Lucia'

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Dawne Haddad is a foremost South Africa violin maker of international acclaim whose instruments are in the hands of professionals throughout the world.

Despite holding a Masters degree in physics and working in nuclear technology in France, she made a complete career change in 1978 by enrolling in the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona where she studied under Maestro Francesco Bissolotti. She graduated after four years and then for a further two years studied violin restoration under Bruce Carlson. She lived and worked as violinmaker and restorer in Cremona for 13 years, before returning to South Africa in 1991. Her studio is now on the Marina da Gama in Muizenberg near Cape Town.

Dawne Haddad has made numerous violins, violas and cellos, but as a cellist she specializes in the making of cellos. Her more than 60 cellos are being played worldwide. She is further replicating her success as cello maker in some excellent violas which have emerged from her workshop.

This superb viola, dubbed Lucia, was made toward the end of her apprenticeship in Cremona. It has a backlength of 40 cm and is made of a superb selection of materials - the two-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll are of excellent, nicely figured maple with a straight, even, narrow to medium curl running straight across the back. The top is of medium to open-grained tone spruce with the winter-growth lines widening to the flanks. The red-brown varnish compliments the materials well. The scroll is very well-balanced and the Fs, purfling and cornerwork show a steady hand with attention to detail.

This viola is well-toned and eminently suitable as a career instrument.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 40 cm

Condition :
  This viola is structurally in impeccable condition, free from evident repairs or open seams. Some wear and incidental marks in the scroll and in the varnish are consistent with an instrument of this age.

Provenance :

Price : On request


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