Guadagnini Violin

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Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini in Milan, Italy in 1752. Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini (known as “J. B.”), the son of the violin maker Lorenzo Guadagnini was born in Piacenza in 1711. He became the most famous member of this family of makers which extends into the 20th Century. J. B. was trained by his father, Lorenzo in Piacenza. In 1749 he moved to Milan and remained there until 1758. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce with wide, even grain, one-piece back of maple cut on the quarter with medium figure descending to the right, ribs and grafted pegbox and scroll of similar maple, and red-orange varnish.
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date made
Guadagnini, Joannes Baptista
Place Made
Italia: Lombardia, Milan
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 60.325 cm x 20.955 cm x 9.8425 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Ludwig
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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