Violin worth £100k promises sweet music at Sotheby's

A sale of historic and collectible musical instruments are auctioning at Sotheby's, this week (March 9).

Lots for sale encompass a fine selection of 18th, 19th and 20th century Italian and French violins.

Highlights among them include a 1933 viola crafted by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (1777-1854).

A 1933 viola crafted by GF Pressenda,
estimated at £70k-100k

Made in Turin, the viola carries an estimate of £70,000-100,000.

With a back length measuring 15 ½ inches, the instrument is labeled 'Joannes Franciscus Pressenda q. Raphael fecit Taurini anno Domini 1833.'

A violin by Pressenda's follower Annibale Fagnola, dated 1925, will also appear in the sale.

Meanwhile, cellos by Giovanni Taningard, CF Landolfi and Giovanni Dollenz, and a fine selection of French bows by makers such as Jean Persoit and François Lupot will also go under the hammer.

Recent successful historic instrument sales include an 18th century violin, sold for a remarkable $28,800 at Bonhams' The Music Room auction in December, last year.


Images:  Sotheby's

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