Josephus Antonius Laske
Josef Anton Laske, born in Rumburg in 1738, died in Prague in 1805, was a pupil of Jacob Koldiz and Thomas Hulinzky. Laske worked in Dresden, Berlin, Vienna and Brunn, before returning to Prague. In addition to excellent violins, Laske also made pochettes, violas d'amore, harps and mandolins. According to Fetis, in Poland and Bohemia Laske enjoyed the reputation of being even better than the Italians. This viola is a fine example of his work.
Body length 422 mm Upper width 211 mm Middle width 142 mm Lower width 256 mm Rib height 46 mm String length 394 mm