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Violin from Naples, Italy, unknown luthier, around 1900 - top view
Violin from Naples, Italy, unknown luthier, around 1900 - top view
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Provenance: Naples
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 34.6 cm
Year: approx. 1900
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7/8 - Petite Italian Neapolitan violin (certificate H. Köstler)

When it comes to the major centres of Italian violin making, Naples is second only to Cremona, which had a major influence on Neapolitan instruments in its day. The craftsman tradition established in Naples by Alessandro Gagliano (1640-1730) is defined by the kind of consistent stylistic features which can only be witnessed in few other regions and which endured for centuries. This fine Italian violin is a 7/8 size that bears an inventory number on the fingerboard of the legendary English studio W. E. Hill & Sons is suitable for small-handed players - a classic and interesting example of the Neapolitan tradition, and it is striking with its magnificently irregular lines in the broadly-grained spruce and fluid flaming of the maple back. The brown varnish applied over a luminous golden yellow is full of fire, as rich in character as the violin's dark, voluminous voice. Maintained with minor repairs in very good condition, the sound stands out from the usual violin tone - very large and warm, dark and rounded. The price includes a certificate of authenticity by Stuttgart expert Hieronymus Köstler

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