Italian violin maker. His father was Paolo Scarampella, a cabinet maker in Brescia. Giuseppe was apprenticed to Nicolo Bianchi in Genoa; he then lived in Paris but returned to Italy in 1866 to work for Luigi Castellani, whom he eventually succeeded as the curator of the Cherubini Conservatory instrument collection in Florence. Perhaps the responsibilities of this position curtailed his output as an instrument maker; his production seems to have centered mostly on violins, with cellos scarcely seen and violas even more rarely. The violins are patterned after the Stradivari and Guarneri models but they differ in several details, most notably the archings, and therefore cannot be called copies.
This particular violin is in excellent condition at this time. Back Length: 35.4 cm.