AMERICA'S EARLIEST VIOLA: Here's an instrument that I discovered and sold back in 2006 - an innocuous viola from the middle of the eighteenth-century with slightly the wrong wood and slightly the wrong varnish. It was labelled for Robert Horne, New York, 1757, a known maker who appears in adverts of the time as 'from London'. Sold to a museum, and by a long straw the earliest American-made stringed instrument in existence. Things like this give me a bit of a kick!

AMERICA'S EARLIEST VIOLA: Here's an instrument that I discovered and sold back in 2006 - an innocuous viola from the middle of the eighteenth-century with slightly the wrong wood and slightly the wrong varnish. It was labelled for Robert Horne, New York, 1757, a known maker who appears in adverts of the time as 'from London'. Sold to a museum, and by a long straw the earliest American-made stringed instrument in existence. Things like this give me a bit of a kick!

Viola by Peregrino di Zanetto, Brescia, after 1564

NMM Viola be Peregrino di Zanetto, Brescia, after 1564

Unusually Shaped Violin by Contemporary American Maker. This and more rare musical instruments on CuratorsEye.com

Unusually Shaped Violin by Contemporary American Maker.

1757 American (New York) Viola at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - According to the curators, this piece bears the distinction of being "the oldest extant American violin family instrument."

1757 American (New York) Viola at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - According to the curators, this piece bears the distinction of being "the oldest extant American violin family instrument." LOOK HOW GORGEOUS IT IS I'm so done ugh

Rare Stradivari viola may sell for over $45 mllion

Rare Stradivari viola may sell for over $45 mllion

Joachim Tielke (1641-1719) - Violin (c.1685) J.Tielke is considered one of the great instrument makers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Alongside the members of his large business of luthiers and specialty carvers, he is responsible for an oeuvre of staggering variety renowned for superb craftsmanship and use of luxury materials.  Tielke's skill as craftsman, decorative artist, and businessman continues to inspire instrument makers, musicians, and historians centuries after his…

Joachim Tielke ~ Violin Beautiful Wood Workz----a girl at camp had a scroll like this. it freaked me out.

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