16 1/2" Italian viola made, in our opinion, in Emilia-Romagna circa 1870. It bears a manuscript label of Giuseppe Sgarbi.
While the exact maker of this beautiful viola is not yet known, we are able to narrow down its origin to the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna in the late 19th century. The instrument responds well, with a tone that is clear and bell-like on the top, with ample power and support in the lower register.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity from Reuning and Son Violins.