Instrument Type: Violin
Item #: 000-963
Price: Upon Request
Maker: Annibale Fagnola
Description: Annibale Fagnola (1865 – 1939) was one of ten children born to a family of farmers in Montiglio, about 50km from Turin. He served apprenticeships as a baker and as a mechanic in the town of his birth, and probably gained some experience in instrument making there, before moving to Turin in 1894. He established his own workshop the following year, and was helped in his early career by the dealer and collector Orazio Roggero. In 1906 he won medals at the Genoa and Milan exhibitions, and with this recognition came commercial success.
Fagnola’s early works are often faithful copies of the great makers of the past, notably Stradivari, Guadagnini, Pressenda and Rocca, and the deep red varnish of this period shows a desire to emulate his Turinese predecessors. As his career progressed his own personality began to assert itself in his work, although Pressenda remained a strong influence, and many of his best instruments are built on that model. His reputation spread internationally from about 1910, first to England and then to the USA, and by 1930 his work was well known to the Hills and Beares in London, and to Wurlitzer in New York. His instruments are consistently beautifully executed, and he used only materials of the highest quality. Tonally, he achieved excellent results, and today he ranks as one of the leading makers of the modern Italian school.
This violin is in very good condition at this time. The back is from one piece of quarter cut maple of broad flames ascending from treble to bass sides. The sides are from quarter cut maple similar to the back. The scroll is from quarter cut maple of medium flames. The top is from two pieces of spruce of medium grain. The varnish has a reddish orange color. Certified by Reuning & Son. Back Length: 35.5 cm.
Terms: This violin is available for examination and trial and has been meticulously set up to our exacting specifications before addition to our catalog. If you wish to inquire further about this violin, please contact us using the green button at the top of this listing or call 1-818-762-1374 during business hours.