Giulio Ettore Degani
(1875 – 1959)
Giulio Degani was the son of Eugenio, with whom he worked from an early age. After his father’s death in 1901 he remained in the family’s Venice workshop until emigrating to the USA in 1915. Here he worked for the Wurlitzer firm in New York and later Cincinnati. Labels marked Venice from this period suggest that he might ...Read More have divided his time between Italy and the US for a while.
In 1924 Degani opened his first shop, moving to Atlantic City in 1933, then returning to Cincinnati in 1937. Business appears to have been hard, and in 1938 Simone Sacconi told Dario D’Attili that Degani couldn’t sell his violins for $50. He finally closed his shop in 1952. The following year he wrote in a letter to a friend that he was working in a mirror factory.
Degani’s early work closely follows that of his father, while later instruments show a more personal approach, including flatter edges, shorter corners and a bolder style of scroll.
- The auction record for this maker is $126,771 in Jun 1988, for a cello.
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