Violas

This is our current selection of violas for sale, including our new handmade instruments, contemporary/ 20th century and antique violas. We specialise in small violas for adult players.

A Scottish Viola by Alexander Youngson 1969

£4,000

A Scottish Viola by Alexander Youngson 1969A remarkable Scottish viola labeled no. 18 by Alex. Youngson, Clydebank. 16″ body length with a heavy taper to the ribs; Youngson followed Maurice Bouette’s design principles for his very successful violas. This instrument is powerful across the tonal spectrum with a huge cello-like tone. The condition is very good … not a small instrument, but a must for a professional player. More details


Bohemian Small Viola, circa 1900

£5,000

Czech viola probably by a member of the Prokop familyProbably by a member of the Prokop family, this is a late 19th century Czech viola made on a Maggini model. It’s in great condition apart form a few dents and scuffs to the varnish. A very handy size, it has a dark and fruity sound, slightly melancholic, very musical. More details


Mittenwald Small Viola, circa 1850

£6,000

Mittenwald Viola, circa 1850An unusually attractive Mittenwald viola in near perfect condition. One piece front and back, no cracks or damages, the original varnish very well preserved though with heavy craquelure to the scroll. The tone is big, bright and smooth with great response – recently set up to a high standard by Stringers of London. More details


Frantisek Karel Kriz Viola, Prague 1924

£8,000

Prague school violaFK Križ was one of the most talented Czech makers of the early 20th century, with a rare gift for sound. This del Gesu inspired viola is a great example of his work in near perfect condition. More details


Nicolas Augustin Chappuy Small Viola circa 1770

£12,000

Nicolas Augustin Chappuy Small ViolaThis is a fine 18th century French viola of the “Vieux Paris” school. It has a very credible Guersan label but in fact it’s the work of Nicolas Chappuy showing many of his trademark touches. More details


John & Henry Banks Small Viola, Salisbury circa 1790

£14,500

John & Henry Banks Small ViolaThis is a superb English viola by John & Henry Banks, sons of the great Benjamin Banks. Late 18th century England was really the golden period for smaller violas, and makers such as the Banks, Betts, Powell etc succeeded in making instruments which offer a rich viola sound in a smaller body. More details


John Wilkinson Viola, London circa 1930

£15,000

John Wilkinson ViolaJohn Wilkinson was a highly talented English maker of the early 20th century, best known for the copies of classical instruments he made for J&A Beare. This viola is a lovely example of his copy style. More details


Frédéric Chaudière Viola, Montpellier 1990

£18,000 On trial

Frédéric Chaudière ViolaFrédéric Chaudière is one of the most respected of contemporary makers, and his name is known internationally. This is a lovely viola from his earlier period – it’s in good condition and the sound is terrific. More details


Albert Caressa Viola, Paris 1922

£22,500

Albert Caressa ViolaAlbert Caressa and Henri Français took over and renamed the firm of Gand & Bernardel in 1901. Français retired in 1920, and for the remainder of his working life Caressa made instruments for the company under his own name. This lovely viola dates from this last period of Caressa’s working life. More details


Joseph Couturieux Viola, Paris circa 1850

£30,000

Parisian violaJoseph Couturieux or Couturieux “Fils” is a little known maker who worked briefly for JB Vuillaume. This beautiful viola is something of an enigma – it has a Vuillaume label, it looks in many ways like a Vuillaume, yet it has an original Couturieux signature. More details


Gustave Bernardel Viola, Paris 1894

£45,000

Gustave Bernardel ViolaIt would be hard to find a more perfect example of French craftsmanship than this fine viola by Gustave Berarndel. It’s a real collector’s piece too, relatively unused and with a great sound. More details


Claude-Augustin Miremont Viola, Paris 1870

£47,500

Claude-Augustin Miremont ViolaFor some reason CA Miremont managed to produce instruments of superb tonal quality while those around him sometimes struggled. In particular his violas and cellos are consistently successful and greatly appreciated. More details


Paolo Castello Small Viola, Genoa circa 1770

Price on application

A Small Viola by Paolo Castello, Genoa circa 1770This is an outstanding 18th century Italian viola by Paolo Castello. Castello attracts quite a varied response from connoisseurs and antiquarians, mainly on account of his idiosyncratic scrolls, but I’m a big fan. Every instrument of his that I’ve played has sounded good, and most are outstanding. This viola is a fine example of his work, very similar to the one featured in Alberto Giordano’s seminal article in the Strad. More details


Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Viola, Paris 1845

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Jean Baptiste Vuillaume ViolaJB Vuillaume can truly be said to have revolutionised the world of stringed instruments. No-one has had quite as much impact on violin-making since Stradivari. He rode a wave of demand, largely of his own creating, and produced thousands of instruments and bows of extremely high quality. In the process he trained up an entire generation of fine makers. More details


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