Celeste Farotti


Violin maker
(maker: 1864 – 1928)

Celete Farotti, born Celeste Farotto, became interested in violin making around 1895 at the age of 31. After some amateur experimentation, he was encouraged to go to Milan to work for Leandro Bisiach, but soon decided to strike out on his own in Milan. He shortly became successful as a restorer, dealer, and maker, and by 1906 he asked his brother Salvatore to join him in the shop to assist with roughing out his instruments. After WWI, Celeste's nephew Celestino and Alfred Lanini joined the brothers in the workshop, which became quite prolific. His preferred models were Rocca, Pressenda, and a personal interpretation of the two, but he also made exquisite copies of instruments by numerous other makers, few of which bear his label. Materials are good and vary in age, especially those used for his copies. His personal work features low archings and elongated scrolls, and the varnish is often either a golden-yellow or vivid red.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 2 | Viola: 2 | Violin: 17 | 20 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
  Cello 1911 1854
  Cello 1912 56927
  Viola c. 1950 62612
  Viola (maker: 1864 – 1928) 4858
  Violin 1890 56933
  Violin 1899 62197
  Violin 1900 56932
  Violin 1901 56930
  Violin 1901 56934
  Violin 1902 56923
  Violin 1907 56960
  Violin 1909 56931
  Violin 1909 56907
  Violin 1914 1855
  Violin 1914 56919
  Violin 1914 1342
  Violin 1917 5961
  Violin 1925 56918
  Violin (maker: 1864 – 1928) 17504
  Violin (maker: 1864 – 1928) 11062
  Violin (maker: 1864 – 1928) 1473

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