A Violin by Paolo Antonio Testore
Violin by Paolo Antonio Testore, Milan, c. 1730
This instrument's refined roughness illustrates Paolo Testore's finest attributes: their strong and inventive personality, the maker's gifted craftsmanship skills, and outstanding acoustic results. In our opinion, the most attractive aspect of this violin, despite its greatly preserved original varnish, is the distinctive 'Testore' head, marked by the large curved pegbox and the small delicately carved scroll.More
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This exceptional example of Paolo Antonio Testore's work not only stands out the strong character of the maker1s approach but also indicates that this violin was within the family's top-tier instruments.
The elegant and well-carved arching, the high quality of the wood and the varnish applied, the originally purfled back-plate, and the fully carved scroll indicate that this violin was on the high-quality level instruments range that the Testore Family offered to the musicians back in the 18th century. Unlike the also usual violins made with plain materials, thinner varnish texture, fake drawn purfling at the back, and the plain scroll back, partially fluted, which apparently were made at a faster pace, to be offered at lower prices to different ranges of clients
This instrument presents a rare state of preservation, as the violin was not over-polished thought the centuries. With almost no later varnish additions or restorations, it allows us to see the true varnish texture of the maker's original and traditional fine golden-orange varnish.
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