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Italian stringed instruments - violin, Italy
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Provenance: Italy
Maker: prob. Umberto De Peccatti workshop
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: approx. 1937
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Italian violin circa 1940

Nonchalance is a character trait which can frequently be observed in Italian stringed instruments, and this violin is an excellent example: it is thought to have been crafted around 1937 at the atelier of Umberto De Peccati. This unpretentious simple piece hails from the productive studio of a master born in 1878 in Soncino near Cremona, and it exemplifies the key characteristic of a good Italian violin: sound. In light of its superlative musical properties, its aesthetic appearance is remarkably simple, especially the straightforward luminous orange-coloured varnish. The individuality of this slender instrument with narrowly-positioned sound holes was certainly worthy of something more elaborate, but it appears that De Peccati wanted to demonstrate that his workshop was capable of creating an inexpensive but wonderful-sounding violin using simpler materials and a very economic approach. This Italian violin sings with a perfectly surprising and radiant voice that features depth, resonance and warmth whilst also having a balanced, fluid character. This is a s imple but exceptional violin which was made ready to play at our restoration atelier and deserves a special recommendation.

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