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Violin Making in Turin: Part 3, the 19th century

Pressenda flourished in 19th-century Turin, perhaps at the expense of the talented but unfortunate Rocca, while the shops run by Rinaldi and Antonio Guadagnini led the violin trade after 1850

By Philip J. Kass

Once the French left Turin in 1814 the previous regime came back into power, and the French maker Nicolas Lete-Pillement, who had established his workshop just outside the old city walls, temporarily had to leave the city. Perhaps in order to continue workshop activity, or simply in his absence, an Italian employee seems to have taken charge of the operation. This was Giovanni Francesco Pressenda...