Violin by Johann Christoph Leidolff
Vienna, 1739

Violin Johann Christoph Leidolff, Vienna, 1739
Violin Johann Christoph Leidolff, Vienna, 1739

Violin: Johann Christoph Leidolff - neck and fingerboard after Jakob Stainer

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
Rib height   33mm
String length   325mm

updated 07.01.2010