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16 3/4" viola, English attributed to Wilkinson c.1930

16 3/4" viola, English attributed to Wilkinson c.1930

This beautifully antiqued English viola, attributed to Wilkinson, possesses a rich, warm tone with powerful projection across all registers. It is finished with rich orange varnish over a golden ground and is in excellent condition. John Wilkinson was a violinist-turned maker who worked for J.& A. Beare Ltd in London for four decades. After a war injury sustained in the Battle of the Somme, Wilkinson lost much of the use of his left wrist, but through the use of a T-shaped splint, he was able to continue making. He is speculated to have made over 900 instruments.

 

- Length of back: 424mm / 16 ¾"

 

- String playing length: 377mm

 

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