A Masterpiece of late-Renaissance violin making.

Giovanni Paolo Maggini is one of the great makers of the Northern Italian Renaissance following after Gaspar da Salo in Brescia. Amongst his surviving violins this is amongst the most advanced, with many characteristics that would emerge again in the early eighteenth-century amongst the makers of the Cremonese golden period, directly inspiring some of Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu’s later works.

The violin has a standard stop length, meaning that there is very little practical difference between this example and most other violins, however the body is of Maggini’s ‘middle’ size, measuring 370mm long. The flatter arching gives the violin a dark sound, but it still plays like a violin, lacking the sheer depth of darkness that is normally associated with his more heavily arched violins. A violin with incredible projection and loudness, with complex tonal qualities. A truly compelling violin.

Detail of Maggini's decorations inlaid in ebony purfling on the back of the violin.

Detail of Maggini’s decorations inlaid in ebony purfling on the back of the violin.