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A violin by Enrico Marchetti, Turin 1914

Price range: £50,000+

Enrico Marchetti(1855-1930) is regarded as the best Turin maker of the 20th century. He trained initially with L. Bajoni and G. Rossi in Milan and in Turin he worked with Rinaldi and A. Guadagnini. He won various awards at exhibitions including: Turin 1884, Antwerp & Paris 1885, Paris 1886 etc.  He made instruments on A. Guadagnini’s behalf. Marchetti did fine copies of classical models, specialising in Pressenda and the Neapolitan school. His later works often were copies of more obscure makers. He used good materials and a good transparent golden-orange varnish.

This is a fine and mint example. I just love the Turin school and remember this is cheaper than a Fagnola! The violin here is the twin of violin shown in Dimitry Gindin’s upcoming book on Italian makers.

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