Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

Historic Italian violin by Giuseppe Gagliano, Naples (1742–1820), the brilliant son of the great Nicolò Gagliano.

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Amongst Nicolò Gagliano’s sons, Giuseppe Gagliano was the one whose work could hold its own against the era-defining work of his famous father – and who accomplished historic greatness in terms of defining the...

Historic Italian violin by Giuseppe Gagliano, Naples (1742–1820), the brilliant son of the great Nicolò Gagliano.

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Amongst Nicolò Gagliano’s sons, Giuseppe Gagliano was the one whose work could hold its own against the era-defining work of his famous father – and who accomplished historic greatness in terms of defining the Neapolitan school. 

Giuseppe Gagliano expressed a greater stylistic liberty in his work than his father, who remained strict in paying tribute to his role model Antonio Stradivari, yet it is because of Giuseppe’s approach and his personal contribution to the Neapolitan violin making tradition that he was more foregrounded in the eyes of scholars than was the case for Nicolò Gagliano for many years. The Giuseppe Gagliano violin presented here is shaped by his personal approach which plays with aesthetic standards, as can be seen in his choice of the moderately-grained spruce top and extremely subtle flames of the two-piece maple back as well as in the virtuoso mastery of the lines of the purfling drawn deep into the beesting corners and placed close to the edges. Gagliano created a final flourish showing his flawless command of his art with the exceptionally lovely and deeply carved scroll. Like many historic instruments of this advanced age, this Giuseppe Gagliano violin also needed some restoration, including a patch to the soundpost and reconstructions of the varnish – repairs which our experts conducted with the utmost respect. As a result, this typically Neapolitan violin now offers the full range of its distinctive charm and inexhaustible wealth of expressive options in its warm, large, golden sound, its rich volume and its charmingly Italian melting. . The price includes a certificate of authenticity by the expert of Germany, Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart

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€ 159,000.00
approx. £ 135,150.00
Inventory no.
5541
Maker
Giuseppe Gagliano
Provenance
Naples
Year
circa 1780
Tone
sweet, bright, mature, radiant
Length of back
35.6 cm
Giuseppe Gagliano
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
Giuseppe Gagliano: a fine Italian violin c.178x (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
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