Gragnani Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Antonio Gragnani in Livorno (Leghorn), Italy in 1783. Working in Livorno, Antonio Gragnani (1740-1795) was one of the few Italian makers to utilize whalebone purfling. This violin has characteristic elongated Amati modeling, distinctive narrow extended pegbox with “compressed” scroll, and whalebone purfling. It retains the original neck, bass-bar and varnish in an outstanding state of preservation. This violin of a two-piece table of spruce, back of maple in two pieces cut on the quarter with very fine irregular horizontal figure, ribs of even medium-fine figured maple, an original neck, pegbox and scroll of fine figured maple similar to the back, and transparent orange-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Gragnani, Antonio
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 3/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 59.3725 cm x 20.6375 cm x 8.5725 cm
Place Made
Italia: Toscana, Livorno
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cora and Laurence C. Witten II
Related Publication
George Frideric Handel. Eight Sonatas for Diverse Instruments
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