Giuseppe Castagnino Violin, Chiavari 1927

Giuseppe Castagnino Violin, Chiavari 1927

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.
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Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

Jean-François Aldric is one of the great names in French making, of the same generation as Lupot and Pique. In his later years he made superb Stradivari copies modelled on originals which he obtained from Luigi Tarisio, and our violin is one of these – a very faithful Strad copy displaying exquisite workmanship, with a real concert sound.
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Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1898

Eugenio Degani Violin, Venice 1898

This is a very attractive and excellent-sounding violin from the Venetian maker Eugenio Degani. It has some restoration, the scroll is later, and it’s priced accordingly.
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Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel Violin, London 1851

Charles Maucotel was the first of the Parisian makers to come to London. A tremendous yet relatively unknown maker, here we have a beautiful del Gesu copy of his in excellent condition, and with a first class sound.
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Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815

Joseph Calot Violin, Paris circa 1815

Joseph Calot is a fascinating figure in the history of violin-making. He is best known as a Turin maker for his association/collaboration with Pressenda, but he was also an apprentice in the workshop of Nicholas Lupot, and our violin is a bold variation on Lupot’s Paris style. This is a perfectly preserved example of Calot’s Parisian work, showing exceptional ability.
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