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A violin by Giuseppe B. Lecchi, Genova 1959

Price range: £50,000+

Giuseppe Bernardo Lecchi (1895-1967) was originally a carpenter who turned to violin making only in 1923, when he was apprenticed to Cesare Candi. His hand becomes visible in Candi’s more commercial production starting from around 1925. Lecchi opened his own workshop in 1933 but continued to collaborate with Candi through the 1930s. His high level of craftsmanship earned him several medals at international competitions and exhibitions; he eventually took over from de Barbieri curatorship of ‘Il Cannone.

Lecchi’s work is really more classical in style than Candi or De Barbieri and this violin shows us. Extremely high workmanship , beautiful varnish…and with tone to match.

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