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Spiritus Sorsana

Spiritus Sorsana

Spirito (or Spiritus in the latin form found on his labels) Sorsana was one of surprisingly large number of luthiers that made up the first Piedmontese school

Stefano Scarampella

Stefano Scarampella

Stefano Scarampella has a fine and enviable reputation for tone

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy was the best and most productive member of a family of violin makers in London, headed by his Scots great-uncle, Alexander. Alexander worked in Market Street, Oxford Road, London (now Oxford Street) from 1731

Tomasso Balestrieri

Tomasso Balestrieri

The marsh-bound city of Mantua was one of the glories of the Renaissance, but in the classical period of violin making, it generated only a small and well defined school of luthiers.

Venetian Baroque Guitar, attributed to Matteo Sellas, circa 1625

Venetian Baroque Guitar, attributed to Matteo Sellas, circa 1625

Viola by Carlo Ferdinando Landolphi, Mian 1767

Viola by Carlo Ferdinando Landolphi, Mian 1767

This rare and very fine viola is very important in being of true contralto form, a well-proportioned player's instrument that is also definitive of Landolphi's working style, and provides ample clues to his training and background

Violin by Francesco Rugeri

Violin by Francesco Rugeri

The arrestingly beautiful back of this violin is made from maple that occurs more than once in the work of Francesco Rugeri.

Violin by Giuseppe Rocca, 1839

Violin by Giuseppe Rocca, 1839

This is a particularly fine and early Rocca violin, the original label indicating that is was made shortly after making his independence from his master Giovanni Francesco Pressenda

Violin by Matteo Gofriller

Violin by Matteo Gofriller

This violin, a very distinctive and characteristic work by Matteo Gofriller of Venice, carries a label of Carlo Bergonzi.

W. E. Hill and Sons

W. E. Hill and Sons

The firm of W.E.Hill & Sons has long been the most admired and respected in the world of violins