Matteo Gofriller


Violin maker
(maker: c. 1659 – 1742)

Considered to be the father of the Venetian school, Matteo Gofriller was born in the Alpine town of Bressanone close to Bolzano, where he may have been a student of . After moving to Venice in 1685 to apprentice with Mathias Kaiser, he married Kaiser's daughter and by 1690 had inherited his teacher and father-in-law's business. Thereafter Gofriller enjoyed unrivaled dominance in the Venetian violin making trade, and had a marked influence on all of the prominent early 18th-century Venetian makers, including Domenico Montagnana, Santo Serafin, Carlo Tononi, Francesco Gobetti, and the younger Pietro Guarneri. The deep red varnish typical of Gofriller's work later became a salient attribute of the Venetian style. His cellos are his most favored works today, and are superior to all but those of Stradivari and Montagnana.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 34 | Small Violin: 1 | Viola: 8 | Violin: 63 | 293 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
  Cello 1690 59083
  Cello 1690 41042
  Cello 1690 44306
  Cello 1690 49903
  Cello 1698 49902
  Cello 1698 42903
'Rosette' Cello 1698 45110
  Cello 1698 59641
'Paganini, Piatti' Cello 1700 41044
  Cello 1700 62003
'd'Archambeau' Cello 1700 47437
  Cello 1700 44893
  Cello 1700 45347
'Curtis Collection' Cello 1700 60459
  Cello 1700 43623
'Barbirolli' Cello 1700 45104
'Parker' Cello 1700 47998
'Garbousova' Cello 1703 42885
'Starker, Spencer, James' Cello 1705 44481
  Cello 1705 45329
'Warburg' Cello 1706 45564
  Cello 1710 62039
  Cello 1710 40640
'Müller' Cello 1710 42880
  Cello 1712 48825
  Cello 1720 43516
  Cello 1722 46211
'Lutyens' Cello 1723 42875
'Földesy' Cello 1727 47453
'Menter' Cello 1729 42881

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