A Violin by Ferdinando Gagliano

Violin by Ferdinando Gagliano, Naples, 1771

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    Covered with a lovely golden varnish, this Ferdinando Gagliano violin presents most of the typical characteristics of the Neapolitan school that was consolidated by his own generation: The curved shape of the pegbox, the delicate and small design of the scroll, and the Stradivari model of the body and f-holes, with full but elegant and mild arching. This violin was first purchased by W. E. Hill and Sons around 1916, and since 1928 the violin has remained in the same family. The violin still retains its Hill fingerboard. Currently in a good state of preservation. The Dendrochronology report dates the last ring of the top from 1755. Certificate of Authenticity: Florian Leonhard, 2022

    Ferdinando Gagliano

    Ferdinando Gagliano was the older of the 3rd generation of the famous Neapolitan violin maker’s family. It is believed that a major part of his studies was conducted by his uncle, Gennaro Gagliano. His instruments are widely recognized for their high-level craftsmanship and tonal qualities. Ferdinando worked in Naples from around the 1750s until 1804, the year of his death. Unlike the other family members, Ferdinando pursued a solo career independent of the family business, eventually coworking with his brothers. Learn more


    Back Length
    352 mm
    Upper Bout
    163 mm
    Center Bout
    116 mm
    Lower Bout
    205 mm
    String Length
    328 mm

    sound characteristics

    Bright, sweet, and direct

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