Leonporri Violin

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1755
maker
Leonporri, Giovanni Francesco
Place Made
Italia: Lombardia, Milan
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
Measurements
overall: 23 7/8 in x 8 in x 3 7/8 in; 60.6425 cm x 20.32 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
1980.0838.01
catalog number
1980.0838.01
accession number
1980.0838
Credit Line
Gift of Alfredo and Raquel Halegua
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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