Search:
corilon violins
pId1
Plinio Michetti, a fine old Italian violin, 1931 Turin - violin top
Plinio Michetti, a fine old Italian violin, 1931 Torino - violin back
Plinio Michetti, violino Italiano fatto a Torino 1931
Plinio Michetti, violon italien, Torino 1931 - volute

Plinio Michetti, fine Italian violin, Turin, 1931 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

Crafted in the 1930's before the great war, this fine Italian master violin is a mature and perfectly executed piece by the Turin luthier Plinio Michetti. Its radiantly beautiful sound and its exquisite and intensely red varnish confidently confirm the high standards at which Plinio Michetti was working after the first decade of managing his own workshop. Three years before the violin was made, he had won a medal at the Turin violin making competition, the first public recognition of his efforts he received; the next award came from the Cremona violin making competition after the war in 1949. These awards served as major milestones in the life of Plinio Michetti. Born to a farming family in 1891, young Plinio inherited not only his father's artisanal talents, but also his dream of making a violin someday. It was not until after he had served nine long years as a soldier that he was able to pursue this dream at the age of nearly 30. Plinio Michetti quickly gained the support of highly esteemed masters including Euro Peluzzi, Cesare Candi and Paolo de Barbieri. Furthermore, he received valuable guidance from Annibale Fagnola; this inspiration may not have created the foundation for Plinio Michetti's profound dedication to the Turin violin making tradition going back to Pressenda, but if nothing else, Fagnola's influence encouraged it. Michetti's major work was the developing his own varnish: its amber-like consistency and distinctive colour reach a beautiful culmination in this violin, gently accentuating the mild but striking flames of the one-piece maple back. The delicately crafted and yet broadly contoured purfling as well as the delicate blackening of the scroll give the finishing touches to this instrument's sophisticated aesthetic. There are two original signatures on the upper ribs, the wording of which is repeated on a hand-written label that was added later; these all confirm the provenance of this violin which has been maintained free of cracks. Its slightly sweet voice will satisfy exacting demands; the sound is bright and full of timbre with a resonant essence. A certificate of authenticity by German expert authority Hieronymus Köstler is included in the price.

Inventory No.: 4270
Provenance: Torino
Maker: Plinio Michetti
Length of back: 35.9 cm
Year: 1931
New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Antique German Saxon violin with a bright, warm tone
  • Antique French 3/4 cello by J.T.L., approx. 1880
  • Fine master violin by Marcus Klimke, contemporary elite violin maker
  • Fine English violin bow by Frank Napier / W.E. Hill & Sons (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine French violin bow by E. Sartory (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Old, 1940's Saxon violin, Markneukirchen, bright warm tones
  • Powerful older silver-mounted violin bow, Germany, by Klaus Ringer
  • Modern violin made in the French style, probably Czech or Hungarian
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin, by Schuster & Co. approx. 1900/1910
  • Antique German violin from Saxony, approx. 1920
  • German Markneukirchen violin, Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr., 1937
  • Mario Gadda, modern Italian violin after Oreste Candi, 1984 (certificate Mario Gadda)
  • PRICE REDUCED: Mario Gadda, Italian violin after Stefano Scarampella
  • Old, silver mounted violin bow, after Lupot - noble, classy tone
  • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
  • Good quality 1980's German viola bow, silver mounted - warm, large tone
  • Interesting English violin bow, stamped Dodd, 19th century
  • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1870
  • 3/4 - German student violin, Bubenreuth, 1970ies
  • Rare German-English violin, Arnold Voigt, approx. 1890
  • Plinio Michetti, fine Italian violin, Turin, 1931 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Interesting 1920's Italian violin, ascribed to Enrico Politi
  • Interesting historical violin by Johann Georg Leeb, Preßburg, 1786 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Italian violin, Claudio Gamberini, soloist, circa 1930-50 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)