The Bass Violin is in our opinion is the work of Dominico Montagnana. Montagnana was born in Venedig, Italy, in 1683, was a pupil of Nicolo Amati, apprenticing in Cremona, Italy. He relocated to Venice, Italy circa 1708.The instrument is a full size, violin cornered round back model Bass Violin.
The top is a six-piece sectional plate of spruce ranging in grain from fine at the outer flanks to medium at the center joint.
The back is a five-piece plate of moderately flamed maple with flame ascending at the center joint.
The ribs are of matching character to that of the back table.
The scroll is original of plain grain maple.
The bass was re-dimensioned with a highly flamed neck graft. Gears are individual brass tuners mounted on brass plates.
The bass has a high percentage of original varnish.
The varnish is built upon a strong amber wash with a brownish color varnish brushed over the sub wash. The instrument was restored by Samuel Kolstein & Son, Ltd. In 1986 and is so labeled.
The bass bears the label, “Dominicus Montagnana Sub Signum Venetus 1725”.
The instrument is in mint condition.
Overall Body Length 116.4 cm
Width Across the Upper Bout 56.4 cm
Width Across the Center Bout 38.5 cm
Width Across the Lower Bout 74.7 cm
Mensure 106.1 cm