Moglie Violin

Moglie Violin

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Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Albert Moglie in Washington, DC in 1923. Albert Moglie (b. Dec. 16, 1890, Rome; d. June 9, 1988, Washington DC) operated a violin shop in Washington DC for 65 years from 1922 until 1987. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Antonio Sgarbi; he then worked under Luigi Enbergher, Giuseppe Rossi and Rodolfo Fredi, all of Rome. He later was a student of Hippolyte Sylvestre in Paris and Leandro Bisiach in Milan.
Albert Moglie came to America at the age of 24 to work for the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, first in Cincinnati and then New York City in 1916. By 1917 he had established his own shop in New York at 1431 Broadway. He moved to Washington DC in 1922.
He enjoyed a fine reputation in Washington as a violin restorer, and is especially remembered as the caretaker of the Gertrude Clark Whittall Stradivari quartet of instruments at the Library of Congress, an association that began in the 1930s and lasted more than 50 years. Albert Moglie produced about 100 new instruments, primarily during his younger years before 1930. His preferrred model was that of Guarneri del Gesu although he made a few instruments patterned after Stradivari, and several based on Sanctus Seraphin. This violin is a Sanctus Seraphin copy.
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Object Name
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Moglie, Albert
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 60.325 cm x 20.955 cm x 10.4775 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Lorette M. (Mrs. Albert) Moglie
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