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Viola by Luigi Fabris, Venice 1869

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Viola By Luigi Fabris, Venice 1869 – POA

Venetian violin maker Luigi Fabris 1809 – 1889. Member of a well-known musical family in Venice, probably trained with Oietro Valentino Novello, who was a close neighbour, or Antonio Indri, who were the only active makers in Venice at that time. Resident from 1831-1841 at 879 Calle San Giovanni and for the rest of his life at 1019 Campiello delle Stroppe.

The following years were challenging for Fabris, who struggled with problems of heavy taxation and political upheaval, persistent illness afflicted his family, and he lost two wives and two children by 1844. By about 1850 economic pressures forced him to take employment with Giuseppe Camploy, a general retailer of musical instruments and a keen collector. In 1856 began marketing instrument varnish, in all probability of his own devising, designed to penetrate the wood fibres and enhance its acoustic properties

A fine and handsome Viola bearing the makers original label. The attractive two-piece back of maple of strong medium curl ascending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs, peg box and scroll of similar curl. The table in two pieces of spruce of medium grain. The varnish of a rich orange-red colour on a yellow ground.

Label Reads:

Luigi Fabris fecit, Venezia l’anno 1869

  • Length of back 419 mm
  • Width upper bout 196 mm
  • Width centre bout 136 mm
  • Width lower bout 246 mm

Condition Report

  • Please note that the condition report lists all repairs that have been historically undertaken. The instrument is, however, offered in a fully restored condition and has been fully and professionally setup in our workshops. Any repairs have either been conducted by ourselves or fully inspected and the quality of the repair verified by our workshop. No further repairs are required.


Additional information

Weight 3.2 kg
Dimensions 83.5 x 31 x 19 cm


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