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.


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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.

    Paolo Antonio Testore

    The yonger son of the Testore family, Paolo Antonio's Instruments present a deeply personal strong character. The analysis of his output leads to interpretate the sound and acoustic result as his main focus when crafting the instruments over the aesthetical concern. His finest instruments represent an important chapter of the history of the Milanese Violin-making School.Learn more


    Back Length
    354 mm
    Upper Bout
    165 mm
    Center Bout
    110 mm
    Lower Bout
    204 mm
    String Length
    328 mm

    sound characteristics

    Dark, Sharp and Direct

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