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