Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine Italian violin (certificate by J. & A. Beare)

Violin by Nicolò Gagliano (1710–1787) - a classical and interesting work of the most important figure of the Neapolitan violin making tradition

Nicolò Gagliano was a congenial interpreter of Stradivari and Amati, whose personal style was thoroughly imbued with a deep understanding of the classical Cremonese models - which is why some of his best work has long been mistaken...

Violin by Nicolò Gagliano (1710–1787) - a classical and interesting work of the most important figure of the Neapolitan violin making tradition

Nicolò Gagliano was a congenial interpreter of Stradivari and Amati, whose personal style was thoroughly imbued with a deep understanding of the classical Cremonese models - which is why some of his best work has long been mistaken for authentic Stradivari and Amati instruments. His work occupies a key role in Naples' prominent place among the great Italian violin-making cities. Amongst the major violin-making cities in Italy, Naples is second only to Cremona, which in its day had a decisive impact on the style of Neapolitan violins. The artisanry of Alessandro Gagliano (approx. 1660–1725) in his home town was defined by a stylistic clarity more distinctive than that of most other regions, a style which endured for centuries. This particular violin was crafted by his oldest son, Nicolò Gagliano (1710–1787), who is considered the most important figure in the Gagliano family; it is a classic and interesting piece honouring the Neapolitan tradition. Nicolò Gagliano's personal style was heavily influenced by his profound understanding of Cremonese models, which he emulated while nevertheless demonstrating a certain critical detachment. His dedication to Cremonese was so exemplary that some of his finest works were long regarded as authentic Stradivaris and Amatis, and Nicolò Gagliano’s own contribution to optimising the tonal properties of these models – amongst other things, his more liberal interpretation of the table and the thickness of the back – went unrecognised for quite some time. The violin presented here is a mature tribute to his craftsmanship which set a standard for Neapolitan violin making; the magnificently even grain of the spruce used for the top and the flowing flames of the maple ribs are quite eye-catching. Some expert restorations which are nothing unusual for Nicolo Gagliano instrument of this age and quality that has no sound post crack or patch have had no effect whatsoever on the sound or appearance. The transparent golden-brown varnish over a luminous golden-yellow base has a particular intensity which is as full of character as the powerful large sound. This sophisticated Nicolò Gagliano soloist violin has a rich volume that clearly distinguishes it from the voice of other instruments. The price includes a certificate of authenticity by J. & A. Beare, London. Certified and registered investment property. We need about 5 working days to provide due to external custody. Paypal and credit card payments are not accepted for this property to prevent fraud.

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€ 289,000.00
approx. $ 323,680.00
Inventory no.
4940
Maker
Nicolò Gagliano
Provenance
Napoli
Year
1762
Tone
large, radiant, carrying
Length of back
35.3 cm
Fine violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762
Nicolo Gagliano violin - back
Nicolo Gagliano ribs
Nicolo Gagliano violin scroll
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