Douglas Cox Viola Opus 814 ~ “Salabue” Guadagnini 1774

The viola bears the facsimile label “Joannes Baptista Guadagnini / Cremonensis fecit Taurini / 1774 GBG“ and on the opposite side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2013, #814” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is a copy of the “Salabue” viola built by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini in 1774. It is built of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with handsome medium width flames descending from the bass side. The ribs and neck are of maple of narrower flame than that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of regular medium growth. The varnish is of an orange-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of rosewood.


Length: 408 mm
Upper Bout: 184 mm
Middle Bout: 131 mm
Lower Bout: 233 mm
Rib Height: 35-37 mm
String Length: 367 mm