Bellini "Lord Wilton" Violin

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1967
date made
1973
maker
Bellini, Luiz
Place Made
United States: New York, Queens, Jackson Heights
Measurements
overall: 35.2 cm; 13 7/8 in
ID Number
2002.0330.01
accession number
2002.0330
catalog number
2002.0330.01
Credit Line
Gift of Ruggiero Ricci
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Still saddened by his death some 2 years on, as I wanted to meet him and have been a huge admirer of his work since I first happened upon his instrument in the 1980's. I was fortunate to acquire a 1977 Lord Wilton bench copy almost identical to the afore mentioned. I just adore everything about it, the sound, its masterly construction and its beautiful appearance. Most importantly, enshrined within it is this gentle mans soul living on as he intended it to.
"Regrettably Mr. Bellini passed away June 4, 2015."

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