Violas at Bromptons in The Auction Scroll Posted June 24 · Report reply On 6/11/2020 at 11:45 AM, martin swan said: Mahoney : this appear to have been stripped of its original varnish. If Three13's Mahoney is authentic (and I don't question it because it's so close to FW Chanot) then we might conclude that this is by a different maker since it has no shared features as far as I can tell. Either that or Mahoney decided to abandon his roots and move into copy work ASP Bernardel : a bit surprised at the date but otherwise looks to me to be very consistent with this maker in the 1820s. The scroll has lost most of its inking which changes the appearance significantly. The choice of wood for the front doesn't irritate me at all, in fact I would consider it an excellent starting point for a small viola. Many great sounding instruments have been made with wide grained spruce, but maybe your aesthetic concerns triumph over the desire for sound. After Gaetano Chiocchi : looks like a relatively modern instrument - I would think the worm was already in the wood chosen for the back. I don't see any repairs, just a lot of antiqueing ... The Bernardel disappeared some time during the auction.Can they do this, just withdraw? I assume the owners changed their mind or there was doubt whether it was genuine.