Leonporri Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Giovanni Francesco Leonporri in Milan, Italy in 1755. Leonporri, whose attributed (signed) work is rarely encountered, is thought to have worked in Milan during the period 1750-1768. The Tyrolean character of his instruments implies that he may have been of Germanic background. It is possible that he Italianized his name when he moved to Milan. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple cut on 45o with very fine irregular gently descending figure, ribs of similar maple, grafted maple neck with original plain maple pegbox and scroll, and a semi-transparent golden-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Leonporri, Giovanni Francesco
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 7/8 in x 8 in x 3 7/8 in; 60.6425 cm x 20.32 cm x 9.8425 cm
Place Made
Italia: Lombardia, Milan
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Alfredo and Raquel Halegua
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