A viola by Piero Parravicini, 1949
Price range: £50,000+
Piero Parravicini was born in Bovisio, just outside Milan, in 1889. He then moved to Milan to study with Romeo Antoniazzi and later worked in the Monzino workshop for one year in 1924 before setting up on his own. He had a successful career in his own right and was awarded medals in Rome in 1925 and 1929, Cremona in 1949 and Rome again in 1954.
Parravicini is in some ways typical of the Modern Italian school in that his instruments are unantiqued. His work demonstrates the influence of the Antoniazzi family, particularly in his use of Classical Italian models with a rich orange varnish.
Parravicini died in 1957, having made around 600 violins as well as 10 violas, 12 cellos and 3 double basses. A prolific and very fine maker whose instruments deserve greater attention!
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