Giovanni Battista Ceruti


Violin maker
(maker: 1756 – 1817)

Giovanni Battista Ceruti, traditionally believed to have been a student of Storioni, was born just outside Cremona in the town of Sesto. He moved to Cremona in 1786 and entered the violin making trade about ten years later, probably after becoming acquainted with the Bergonzi brothers Carlo II and Nicola. Storioni left Cremona in 1802, at which point Ceruti may have taken over his workshop. In any case, Ceruti made the most of Storioni's absence by producing a significant number of instruments, which are of somewhat ordinary materials but surpass Storioni's work in precision and craftsmanship. Along with Storioni, Ceruti and his descendants are recognized for their role in reviving the Cremonese tradition, which they dominated over three generations. Giovanni Battista died in 1817, probably of typhus, and his son Giuseppe Antonio and grandson Enrico continued the family legacy of violin making.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 2 | Viola: 7 | Violin: 23 | 116 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
  Cello 1790 49948
  Cello 1802 43613
  Viola 1795 61910
  Viola 1796 60438
  Viola 1800 59130
  Viola 1800 47134
  Viola 1804 55144
  Viola 1808 45217
  Viola 1811 63195
  Violin 1780 60175
  Violin 1790 40170
'Havemann' Violin 1791 41894
  Violin 1798 48057
  Violin 1800 52616
  Violin 1800 10276
  Violin 1802 46435
  Violin 1803 22834
  Violin 1803 22026
  Violin 1803 54725
  Violin 1804 44596
  Violin c. 1805 2176
  Violin 1805 48846
  Violin 1808 45411
  Violin 1810 48408
  Violin 1810 45428
  Violin 1810 63959
  Violin 1813 47411
  Violin 1813 48847
  Violin c. 1815 12680
  Violin 1820 60259

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