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Viola by Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo, Brescia, before 1609

NMM 3368.  Viola by Gasparo da Salo, Brescia, before 1609 Bass side view of da Salo viola Back view of da Salo viola

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NMM 3368. Viola by Gasparo Bertolotti da Salo, Brescia, before 1609. Ex colls.: Joseph Joachim; Joseph Vieland. A magnificent instrument, double-purfled, with geometric inlay on the back. Owned about 1880 by Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), the Hungarian violinist, friend of Brahms. Back length: 44.6 cm. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

Pegbox and Scroll Views

Front view of pegbox Side view of pegbox Back view of pegbox




Inlay at upper end of back Inlay at lower end of back

Lit.:  "N.Y. Times Carries Story . . .  Purchase of Witten Collection Attracts Widespread Attention," Shrine to Music Museum, Inc., Newsletter, 11, No. 4 (July 1984), pp. 1-3.

Roger Hargrave, "Preservation Order," The Strad 96, No. 1142 (June 1985), p. 127.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 48.

Maurice W. Riley, The History of The Viola, Vol. II (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Braum-Brumfield, 1991), pp. 18 and 20.

Kurt Kauert, Vogtländisch-westböhmischer Geigenbau in vier Jahrhunderten (Schneeberg: Sächsische Landesstelle für Volkskultur, 2006), p. 20.

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