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Sale: 13th - 27th March 2023

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Lot 215: Property of a Lady: An Important Italian Violin by Francesco Ruggieri, Cremona circa 1670


£250,000 - £350,000

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Bearing the original label: Franciscus Rug... Alumnus Nicol.. Amati Fecit Cremon... 1663
The fingerboard bearing the W. E. Hill & Sons registration number: B873; branded twice internally: W. E. Hill & Sons


By Francesco Ruggieri


Length of back: 351mm


A Condition Report is available upon request


The original certificate of W.E. Hill & Sons has been lost. A reissue is available to purchase. 
The dendrochronology report by Peter Ratcliff is available to purchase, detailing latest dates of 1610 on the bass side and 1628 on the treble side, which correlate with examples by Nicola Amati, others by Francesco Rugeri, members of the Guarneri family, Brothers Amati violin, etc.. The violin is in a remarkable state of preservation, and liberally covered in original varnish.

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