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Monzino, Milan, violin approx. 1900 - top view
Monzino, Milan, violin approx. 1900 - top view
Provenance: Milan
Maker: Antonio Monzino
Length of back: 35.4 cm
Year: approx. 1900
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Simple Italian violin by Monzino, Milan

This Italian violin from the famous Milan-based workshop Monzino is a simply crafted Italian instrument that is full of character and rich in a bold and exhilarating beauty. It features the original label and was made around 1900, a time when Antonio Giacomo Monzino (1847-1929) was in charge of the atelier founded in 1750 and successfully exported stringed instruments from Milan throughout the globe. He also maintained close connections to the best luthiers of the Cremona school including Riccardo Antoniazzi (1860-1913) and his assistant Erminio Farina (1885-1917). Many talented violin makers were trained in these circles and later went on to become outstanding masters of their trade; their milieu encouraged flawless and highly creative violin making and spurred its members to produce masterfully crafted pieces such as this violin. The unique and flat model of this instrument radiates Italian self-confidence, and its few aesthetic imperfections only enhance this impression, as is the case amongst many magnificent pieces that hail from the cradle of violinmaking. Here, worm damage to the ribs was visibly repaired, and the joints between the ribs and the back were rather sloppily glued. These minor blemishes have absolutely no impact on the violin's sound whatsoever, although they are the reason why we are offering this instrument at a very affordable price. Its enchanting voice is a perfect reflection of the highly sought-after acoustic ideal of Italian instruments; it is resonant and melting, bright and golden in colour. Our luthier gave special attention to this remarkable instrument and has made it ready to play after meticulously setting it up. One particularly serendipitous detail about this violin is the original Monzino case, which we could not bear to separate from its instrument after over 100 years of being together; we are selling it along with the violin.

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