Blanchi was perhaps the most refined maker of the Nice school. His ancestry as a violin-maker traces its way back through his father and Pierre Pacherel to Pressenda, and his work represents an excellent synthesis of French precision and Italian flair.
Alberto Blanchi (1871-1948) is a highly individual maker who produced beautiful violins outside the mainstream of French making. His work is very artistic, and this violin is a great example – Guarneri model, lustrous cherry-red varnish, a dramatic one piece back and a fantastic scroll. The woods used are unusually fine – the spruce is of broad and very even grain, and the maple has the same dramatically quilted figure so popular with Bisiach.
The condition is excellent, very little edge wear, no cracks or damages whatsoever, just a few signs of use in the varnish.
The sound of this violin is as unique as its model, creamy and smooth yet bright and silvery – definitely a romantic sound, lyrical and very captivating. We’ve had a couple of Blanchis and they always sound good – individual in character, full of nuance, the sort of sound that blends well and fills out an ensemble. Lovely to see an example in this sort of condition!
Length of back 35.6cm, stop 130/196mm
Certificate: Vatelot-Rampal, Paris 2017
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