This fine violin was the longtime possession of Erich Koch. Koch left Germany as a teenager and studied at Cambridge University before being sent to a work camp in Canada during World War II. Following the war, he remained in Canada and established himself as a well-known broadcaster and author, writing over 20 books. All through his life, he cared for his violin and played it in chamber groups.
The violin is in excellent condition. Included is a certificate by Beare Violins Ltd., March 2018, and a copy of a certificate by F.C. Edler, Frankfurt, 13 September 1913.
Labeled “Joannis Baptista de Gabriellis florentinus fecit 1747”