Violin By Pietro Giacomo Rogeri, Brescia, C.1715
This instrument was made in the early years of Rogeri’s career, during a time when Italy was at the forefront of violin making and is characterized by its bold and expressive style. The violin has a very powerful voice with a strong core, balanced with a clear and present sound.
It has a beautiful golden-brown varnish that is very transparent and shows off the fine graining of the two-piece maple back very well.The instrument has an excellent sound with strong projection. This violin is an exquisite example of his work. It has a beautiful grain pattern on the back and sides and a golden-brown color.
Pietro Giacomo Rogeri, (1665 – 1724) – Brescia, Italy
Pietro Giacomo Rogeri was an active violin maker from the 18th century. An excellent craftsman, his works generally featured a great choice of materials, usually with bold scrolls and particular corners. He was the son of Giovanni Battista Rogeri, although sometimes had his name spelled as ‘Ruggerius’, there’s no proof of the connection between the Brescian Rogeri and Cremonese Rugeri families. Pietro Rogeri started to assist his father in 1690 and continued his ancestor’s work, however his earliest known label is from 1705.
Rogeri was one of the most important Italian violin makers of the late 17th century. His instruments are very rare, but their quality is undisputed, as is their high price when they appear on the market.
The Brescian School was known for their craftsmanship, and Pietro Giacomo Rogeri was one of its most well-known violin makers. Although Brescia may have been the earliest city where the violin was first crafted, Cremona is the home of the world’s most known luthiers, like Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri. One thing that also helped these cities to emerge as the center of violin making is that the two most favored types of wood used, spruce and maple, were easily accessible in this region – indeed, they still are.
The early Brescian instruments, by Salò and Maggini, show a higher arching, favoring the violin to have a more like viola timbre tone. After Maggini and Salò the great Brescian maker was Pietro Giacomo’s father, Giovanni Battist, who was Niccolo Amati’s pupil in Cremona. however his instruments show a possible sound experimentation by having a higher arching trying to achieve the darker sound results of Maggini.