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Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - top
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - top
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - back
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - back
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - ribs
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - ribs
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - scroll
Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin - scroll
Provenance: Cremona
Maker: Officina Claudio Monteverde
Length of back: 35.9 cm
Year: 1923
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Officina Claudio Monteverde, Cremona, 1923: Italian violin

This modern Italian violin came from the Officina di liuteria artistica Claudio Monteverdi in Cremona, and its powerful, radiant sound and premium aesthetic reflect high standards in violin making. Under the directorship of Aristide Cavalli, who established the officina in 1880, the outstanding masters who worked there elevated the workshop to the key position it came to play in Italian violin making during the early 20th century. This violin features a highly individual and well-honed style; it was crafted in 1923 and inspired by an elegant model with a flat table and narrow sound holes which are typically set at a slight diagonal angle. On the inside of the body, an original label indicates the violin’s provenance from the officina and a signature, used to honour the masters from a family of prominent Cremonese violin makers who practiced their craft in the late 17th and 18th century. The moderately-grained top and the narrowly flamed maple of the two-piece back create delicate accents under the strikingly lovely Bordeaux-red varnish. The delicately carved scroll, which is small by Italian standards, and carefully accentuated margins round out the inimitable appearance of this violin and its rich personality. An insignificant repair was made to the peg box, and there are a few minor flaws in the varnish on the top and the scroll, but otherwise this rare 1920s violin is in very good condition and has no cracks. It was meticulously set up by the specialists in our workshop and made ready to play, making its musical properties – a resonant, timbre-rich voice and very good response – as compelling as its aesthetic is.

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