Violin by Johann Christoph Leidolff
Neck and baroque fingerboard reconstructed after Jakob Stainer
Label: Joannes Christophorus / Leidolff fecit Vien / næ 1739
Provenienz: Phillips, London
Johann Christoph Leidolf (1690-1758) learned his trade most likely under his father, Nikolas Leidolff, the founder of this highly significant dynasty of Viennese violin-makers, who, in turn, either learned with Kögl or, perhaps more likely, judging from his work, acquired his knowhow directly in Italy. Although the instruments by Johann Christoph cannot deny their debt to the omnipresent influence of Stainer North of the Alps, his varnish and the scrolls point dicidedly towards his native city. The generous outlines of the body, the arching and the deep ribs give these instruments power and carry, without forfeiting their innate Viennese charm.
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Body length 355mm Upper width 163mm Middle width 110mm Lower width 202mm Rib height 33mm String length 325mm