Giacomo Rivolta was a significant maker in Milan at the beginning of the 19th century. Strongly influenced by his patron, the collector and connoisseur Count Cozio di Salabue, Rivolta drew from the work of Antonio Stradivari for his models and inspiration. Rivolta mainly made violas and cellos on the forms of Stradivari, which were leant to him by Cozio.
This viola is one of the earliest instruments Rivolta made and is referred to in several historical documents. It is built on Stradivari’s C.V. viola form, though Rivolta’s interesting personal style comes through. It measures a bit over 16 inches, and like other Rivolta violas we have been fortunate to handle, has a tremendously rich and responsive sound.