Giovanni Battista Guadagnini – Milano, 1757, ex “Pochon”

v6medium-001J.B. GUADAGNINI, Milan 1757 ex “Pochon” bearing the original label 1757
The top is made of two pieces of narrow-grain spruce that broadens very slightly towards the flanks. The two-piece back was crafted from a quarter-cut maple with regular, medium-broad flames descending from the center joint. Sides of a similar maple adjoin the back. The scroll, however, was cut from a somewhat plainer maple. A reddish-orange varnish covers a golden yellow ground.
The workmanship, particularly the sound-holes, of this violin is characteristic of the maker’s Milan period, during which he created some of his best works. This is a beautiful and well-preserved example from this period.
Misure
Lunghezza fondo
35,5 cm
Larghezza massima superiore, fondo
16,7
Larghezza minima nelle CC
10,8
Larghezza massima inferiore, fondo
20,4

Displayed in  the exhibition “Rare Italian Stringed Instruments from the Sau-Wing Lam Collection” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, until June, 30th.
web: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2012/lam-collection