Violin by Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa, Treviso, circa 1750

Violin by Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa, Treviso, circa 1750

About Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa

The Venetian school of violin making is one of the most highly-prized and important of the 18th century. Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa is a fine and characterful maker who worked in Treviso, just outside Venice. Similarly to many of his Venetian contemporaries, he took inspiration from the Amati family, but with an added individual flair, particularly towards his later years.

Famously, Mozart owned a Dalla Costa violin. It now lives in the Mozart museum in Salzburg, along with several other of the great composer's instruments.

About the violin

This violin was made in Treviso around 1750 and is modelled after the instruments of the Amati family.

The violin has a two piece back of highly decorative, quarter-sawn maple. The ribs and scroll are of matching wood. The front is of two pieces of book-matched spruce, narrow in the centre and widening towards the flanks.

This violin retains its original neck, and is in baroque set up.

The violin has a length of back of 356 mm.

How does it sound?

This is an incredibly special violin! Even as a modern player I find it an immense pleasure to use - both the lower and upper strings are incredibly full and rich with fantastic projection. The violin has an enormous expressive range as it is capable of accepting huge variations in bowing style.


The violin is in very good condition and comes with a complete condition report.


The violin comes with historic paperwork from Charles Beare and Hieronymus Koestler. This instrument has been been recorded extensively in solo and concerto repertoire, as well as in chamber music.

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