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W. Wilkanowski (SOLD)

W. Wilkanowski (SOLD)

This viola measures 16 5/8″ or 42.3 cm. Although unlabeled, it has the signature “W” set in purfling under the button on the back that identifies it as an instrument by W. Wilkanowski. Wilkanowski emigrated to the U.S. from Poland and, among other instruments, produced about 100 violas from 1920-1945. This example is in excellent condition with only one 3-4″ well-repaired crack from the lower edge of the top upward that ends 3 inches or so below the soundpost area. It has a nicely flamed one-piece back with diagonal flame. We have had 3 Wilkanowski violins pass through the shop, but this is the first viola.

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