This is a very attractive early 19th century viola bearing an apocryphal Gagliano label. In style of construction it comes closest to Prague instruments of the period, but it seems destined to remain forever “anonymous”. The size is typical of Austro-Hungarian work – overall the workmanship is excellent, as are the materials and the varnish.

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Bohemian Small Viola circa 1830 Bohemian Small Viola circa 1830 Bohemian Small Viola circa 1830 Bohemian Small Viola circa 1830

Length of back 38.3cm, stop 140/208mm, total length 63.4cm

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