The violin is named after its celebrated former owner, Giovanni Battista Viotti who spent much of his life in London and was the most influential violinist of his day in all of Europe.
The Viotti ex-Bruce Violin by Antonio Stradivari, 1709
- Maple & spruce
- Length: 36 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £151,000 ( Total: £1,750,000; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Estate of the late JFL Bruce
It is considered to be one of the four greatest Stradivari violins in existence and is virtually unique due to its fresh state of preservation and beauty.
Giovanni Battista Viotti; Mr. Menessier, 1824; Mr Brochant de Villiers; Mr Meunié, 1860; Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume; Pierre Silvestre on behalf of William E Hill & Sons, 1897; Baron Knoop, 1897; Mr R C Baker, 1905; Lewis Bruce; JFL Bruce.