Giuseppe Antonio Ceruti
(1785 – 1860)
Son of Giovanni Battista Ceruti and father of Enrico, Giuseppe Antonio lived in Cremona for most of his life and began working in his father's shop around 1805. His productive years of violin making are intermittent, and even after inheriting his father's ...Read More business in 1817 he worked as a woodcarver and double bass player in addition to making instruments. As a result, little of his work survives, and examples from the 1830s–40s are especially few.
In general his work follows his father's models closely, and he began to sign his own instruments only after his father's death, when he took up a more modern approach. He is said to have been a teacher of Gaetano Antoniazzi although no firm evidence connects the two makers.
Ceruti settled in Mantua around 1844. In the 1850s he moved to San Benedetto and then to Bozzolo, before returning to Mantua in 1856, remaining there until his death. A handful of instruments labeled Mantua survive, as well as one instrument from Bozzolo with a manuscript label dated 1855.
- The auction record for this maker is $114,821 in Nov 2007, for a violin.
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