A Violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti
Violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti, Cremona, c. 1800
This fine cremonese violin was crafted by the hands of the last great classical cremonese maker. His instruments are recognized by its refined carving and quality varnish, and for its deep powerful sound. From our perspective, its elegant outlines, arching and varnish are this violin's highlights. More
This fine violin is a great example of Ceruti’s late work, presenting the remarkable craftsmanship achieved by the maker through his career. A milestone of the end of the classical period on Cremonese violin making. This instrument translates the context in which it was crafted. The back of the violin presents several restorations, that are all, however, original. At that period, with the high cost of the material, it was common that makers would buy large quantities of wood to get it at a lower price. These wood stocks were then often unproperly seasoned, left with its cork, attracting termites. Considering the difficult access and high costs of the material, it was out of question to not use it anyway. The maker repaired the wood during the crafting process. This violin stands out for its elegance, notable on its refined purfling and light edges, the clear beautiful golden varnish, and the precise cut of the f-holes.
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