Viola by Lorenzo Maffei, Lucca, 1786
Lorenzo Maffei was a distinguished Italian maker working in Lucca, Italy from 1765 to 1786. He produced instruments in which Gabrielli’s style of outline and arching is clear. This viola is a superb example of Maffei’s work, with an impressive range considering its smaller size. The lower register is deep and powerful, contrasting brilliantly with the lyrical quality of the upper. It is in good condition and finished with a warm golden brown varnish.
Lucca 1786 (All handwritten)
String length: 356mm
Length of back: 358mm
Upper / lower bout: 179mm / 221mm
Varnish description: Light golden brown