Italian Violins

Fine Italian violins, selected for tone.

Andrea Pontedoro Violin, Edinburgh 2007

£6,000

Andrea Pontedoro ViolinThis is a very attractive modern Italian violin by Andrea Pontedoro, made during his period of residence in Edinburgh. Andrea is a fine maker who draws influence from the De Bonis family of his native Calabria. You can read more about him here. The model is individual, the wood is superb, the varnish rich and subtly shaded. More details


An Italian Violin, Rome circa 1910

£12,500

An Italian Violin from RomeIf you’re looking for an Italian violin with a great sound at a great price, look no further. Unfortunately this violin developed a very small incipient post crack in the back, which has now been patched. The repair is invisible, but the price is half what it was. More details


Alessandro Di Matteo Violin, Cremona 2009

£12,500

Contemporary Italian violinAlessandro Di Matteo started out life as a professional violinist, but soon switched his attention to making. Perhaps that explains the unusual tonal refinement of this violin. I’m no big fan of contemporary making, particularly the New Cremonese school, but this violin really stands apart from that trend. It’s lightly built, individual in model, modest in appearance, and very mature and sophisticated in tone. The materials used are first class and the work is superb. More details


Mario Gadda Violin, Mantua 1979

£26,500

Mario Gadda Violin, MantuaMario Gadda is one of the best-known names in modern Italian violin-making, and this violin is a great sounding example of his own model in excellent condition. More details


Natale Carletti Violin, Pieve di Cento 1937

£35,000

Modern Italian violinA fine modern Italian violin by Natale Carletti, dark and fruity in sound and in great condition. More details


Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan 1892

£42,500

Giuseppe Tarasconi ViolinYou can spot a Tarasconi from about a mile away – his violins are very characterful, with long outward-sweeping f-holes and big scroll eyes. This is a lovely example with a great sound. More details


Giovanni &  Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

£55,000

Giovanni &  Giuseppe Dollenz ViolinFor a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father. More details


Rodolfo Fredi Violin, Rome 1907

£65,000

Rodolfo Fredi ViolinThis is an unusually fine violin by Rodolfo Fredi, in near mint condition and with an excellent concert sound. More details


Giuseppe Cavaleri Violin, Genoa circa 1750

£80,000

Genoese violinThis is a rare and interesting Genoese violin from the mid 1700s in a wonderful state of preservation and with an outstanding tone. More details


Antonio Pedrinelli Violin, Crespano 1853

£100,000

Antonio Pedrinelli ViolinAntonio Pedrinelli is a central figure in the Marche school who has an enviable reputation amongst players for his quality of tone. This is a beautiful example of his work, Stradivari inspired but highly individual. It has a remarkable golden varnish and a sound to rival any of the great Italian masters. More details


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