This is a very good modern Italian violin by Giuseppe Castagnino, a Ligurian maker who apprenticed briefly with Giuseppe Fiorini. It’s a beautiful sounding instrument, rich and coloured with excellent projection.
Giuseppe Castagnino worked for most of his life near to Genoa in Chiavari, but his instruments are more modelled on the Turin school, in particular the work of Giuseppe Rocca.
This lovely violin is quite typical, rather broad, with muscular arching but very flat at the edges. The materials are excellent, the back wood is exceptional, and the varnish is a lustrous orange over a golden ground.
The condition is pretty good – there is a patched post crack to the table, a crack just west of the bassbar, and an edge crack in the upper bass bout. All are very well repaired. The back, ribs and scroll are free from damage, and the original varnish is well preserved.
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