Bellini "Lord Wilton" Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Luiz Bellini of Jackson Heights, New York in 1973. Bellini was born in Brazil in 1935. He first trained as a wood worker and later by a local violin maker. In order to advance his violin making skills, Bellini was encouraged to come to New York City in 1960. He trained with Simone Sacconi for two years and later became an American citizen.
This violin is a replica of the "Lord Wilton" violin made Guarneri del Gesu in 1742. The original “Lord Wilton” was owned and played by virtuoso violinist Yehudi Menuhin. This vioin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, one-piece back of maple, ribs of similar maple, an original maple neck, and a semi-transparent golden orange-brown varnish.
Currently not on view
Date made
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Bellini, Luiz
Place Made
United States: New York, Queens, Jackson Heights
overall: 35.2 cm; 13 7/8 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Ruggiero Ricci
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"Regrettably Mr. Bellini passed away June 4, 2015."

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