Russo Viola

Russo Viola

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This viola was made by Michele Russo in Providence, Rhode Island. in 1937. It has a table of sitka spruce in two pieces, back of European maple in two pieces with even, medium, gently descending figure, the ribs are of similar maple, the American maple neck is terminated in an elaborately crafted pegbox and closed scroll with two volutes, and transparent reddish-orange varnish. This viola has an original printed and handwritten label:

Michele Galiano Russo
Providence, R.I. Dec. 18
No. 8 (logo) 1937
Dedicate alla Memoria
di Antonius Stradivari.

(and a brand stamp on the ribs at the bottom block):


This instrument is one of several dedicated by Mr. Russo to Stradivari. The viola is elaborately ornamented with geometric inlays of purfling and hardwoods in a variety of colors on the table, back, pegbox, scroll, tailpiece and pegs.

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Object Name
date made
Russo, Michele
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Physical Description
spruce (overall material)
maple (overall material)
overall: 27 7/16 in x 9 9/16 in x 4 5/8 in; 69.69125 cm x 24.28875 cm x 11.7475 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Michele Russo
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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