Violin- 18th Century Milan

Posted on | October 20, 2009 | 2 Comments|


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This interesting smaller size violin was brought to the shop for cleaning and a check over. It was made in Milan in about 1740 and is perhaps the work of Paolo Antonio Testore.


dscn62442Often on a violin of this age we find minor cracks.  These can be glued from the outside without removing the top. In order to clean the violin these small cracks should be glued so no cleaning materials seep into the cracks. If that occurs, future gluing could be more difficult.

In the photo above (click on the photo for a close up) we used a special clamp made in England by ‘Brian Hart Luthier Tools’. The crack in this case went from the f’hole to the edge, which this tool is designed to close.

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2 Responses to “Violin- 18th Century Milan”

  1. violin strings
    November 13th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    This is an old violin but it sure is still very pretty after so many years even with some minor damages.

  2. Stephen Missal
    July 15th, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    Most interesting. My father has a violin that has been attributed to Paolo or Carlo Testore; 1758. The unusual issue is the size: slightly over 14 inches. Did the Testore family do custom work of this kind (extra large) for particular clients? How would I find out, and possibly trace the authenticity of the fiddle. It was purchased from Ferenc Molnar, the former principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony for many years; he called it a violist’s violin. Any help would be appreciated.

    Professor Stephen Missal
    Art Institute of Phoenix

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