Douglas Cox Viola Opus 890 ~ Ceruti 1800

The viola bears the facsimile label “Jo: Baptista Ceruti / Cremonae / fecit Anno 1800”. It also bears the label of its maker, “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2015, #890” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is styled after a fine Italian viola and is made of well-aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of white birch. The ribs are of white birch similar to that of the back. The neck is cut on the quarter of plain maple. The table is of two pieces of Vermont spruce of regular, mostly narrow growth. The varnish is of a rich red-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of rosewood.


This is a bench copy of a viola that belonged to Louis Krasner, violinist. The viola was studied in 1998 when it was on the market after Krasner's death in 1995.


Length: 414 mm
Upper Bout: 188 mm
Middle Bout: 130 mm
Lower Bout: 235 mm
Rib Height: 33-36 mm
String Length: 366 mm