Santo Serafin


Violin maker
(maker: 1699 – after 1758)

Santo Serafin is though to have moved to Venice from his hometown of Udine around 1720, although his earliest labels date from 1725. It seems he set up his own workshop in 1733, so it is likely that he worked for other Venetian makers in the interim and developed his individual approach. Serafin's best work dates from his early years as an independent maker, and is characterized by a clear Amati inspiration with some definitively Venetian elements. His work is among the most attractive and refined of the Venetian school, and the tone quality and materials are generally superb. Cellos are especially sought-after, though they are perhaps not equal to those of his contemporaries Domenico Montagnana and Matteo GoffrillerGiorgio also took up violin making, and inherited the Montagnana workshop in 1750.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 2 | Violin: 39 | 30 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
'Reiffenberg, Hoelscher' Cello 1732 44081
  Cello 1740 41062
  Violin 1720 43365
  Violin 1725 45349
  Violin 1725 44876
  Violin 1726 52996
  Violin 1727 50666
  Violin 1727 50639
  Violin 1730 45026
'Bronislaw Gimpel' Violin 1730 45816
  Violin 1730 45364
'Megerlin, De Liagre' Violin 1731 50641
  Violin 1732 44355
  Violin 1732 44080
  Violin 1733 60200
  Violin 1733 49348
  Violin 1733 60187
  Violin 1734 46658
'Lord Wilton' Violin 1734 42789
  Violin 1735 44738
  Violin 1735 41065
  Violin 1735 44836
  Violin 1735 46912
  Violin 1736 42241
  Violin 1739 44284
  Violin 1739 53029
  Violin 1740 44818
  Violin 1740 45367
  Violin 1742 47497
'Boris Schwarz' Violin 1743 46233

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