Violin by Johann Christoph Leidolff

Wien, 1739

Catalog 12. Violin – Johann Christoph Leidolff, Wien, 1739


Neck and baroque fingerboard reconstructed after Jakob Stainer.


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.




Label: Joannes Christophorus / Leidolff fecit Vien / næ 1739
Provenienz: Phillips, London


Body length 355 mm
Upper width
163 mm
Middle width 110 mm
Lower width 202 mm
Rib height 33 mm
String length 325 mm