A Violin by Neapolitan School of Violin Making

Neapolitan Violin, Naples, c.1850

A beautiful violin made in the Neapolitan School is a representative example of the early modern violin-making scenario, showing the elegant and careful experimentation proved by those maskers answering the increasing demands of the musicians and their repertoires. From our point of view, the most impactful details of this fine violin are the typically Neapolitan elegant and thin-lined purfling, which curiously presents a deviation in the format of a semi-circle towards the center of the instrument at the upper part of the back in accordance to the aesthetic taste of the mid-1800s. More

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      This outstanding Italian violin was made in one of the most vibrant contexts of violin-making in Italy in the 19th Century: Naples. It is part of the generation of masterpieces that opened the hall to modern Italian violin-making at a time when the repertoire demands and the musicians' exigencies required new solutions and approaches from the makers to satisfy the needs of more enormous concert halls and more significant orchestra configurations. The details of this masterpiece are deeply linked to the Neapolitan tradition, noticeable in its thin, dark, lined purfling, the elongated pegbox, the golden varnish, and the tiny scroll crowning the stunningly beautiful and powerful-sounding instrument. The model is strongly outlined and shows clear relations with the work of the Vinaccia Family, one of the prominent dynasties of instrument-making in Naples, competing with the Gagliano family in making bowed and plucked string instruments for centuries. Its relatively flat top and back plates are typical of the experimentation process of the mid-19th century, particularly of the Vinaccia circle, making the violin extraordinarily responsive and reactive to whatever the musician needs to translate its intentions and dynamics.  

      Neapolitan School of Violin Making

      Naples, was a cultural hub during the Renaissance until 1816, boasting a rich artistic heritage. It became a focal point for violin craftsmanship, led by the Gagliano family and others like Eberle and the Vinaccias. Despite challenges, Naples remained a vibrant city, sustaining its violin-making tradition through artisans like Ventapane and the Gaglianos.Learn more


      Back Length
      358 mm
      Upper Bout
      165 mm
      Center Bout
      111 mm
      Lower Bout
      208 mm
      String Length
      327 mm

      sound characteristics

      Dark, Sweet and Direct.

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