Fine Italian violin probably by Enrico Rocca and labelled Joseph Rocca fecit, Premioto di Medaglie alle Eposizione di Torino, Genova, Londra e Parigi. Taurini, Anno Domini, 1858, IHS, also bearing J & A Beares registration number 9545 pencilled to the inner back, the one piece back of faint medium curl with similar wood to the sides and head, the table of medium width grain and the varnish of a light reddish-brown colour on a golden ground, 14 1/16″, 35.70cm

Sold for £18000