A 16-inch viola, circle of Wilhelm Azan, Aix-en-Provence, 1668

A very early and rare French seventeenth-century viola approximating the Haute-Contre size found in orchestras of the seventeenth century. The outline, general form and varnish are strikingly simiar to a bass violin by Wilhelm Azan in the Musee de la Musique, Paris, and the partly illegible label gives a clear date for 1668, supported by dendrochronology. Very fine sounding, with considerable Brescian influence, resembling the work of Gaspar da Salo.

Later scroll, and priced with respect to condition.