English Viola made circa 1740 - LOB 14 7/8"

 

An interesting English Voila made circa 1740.  The original neck has been extended to a length more consistent with  modern instruments. There are a few, sound, old repaired cracks to the table. It has a wonderful lustrous varnish, and a striking two piece back.

 

The instrument has not been shortened.  It bears a label for "Gilkes 1820".  It is nicely set-up with rosewood fittings and is very straight-forward to play.  It's even across the strings, and has a rich, mellow sound that projects well.

 

Trial welcomed, student discount available.

 

£4,500 for sale on behalf of a client

 

 

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