(c. 1628 – 1698)
Recent research suggests that although Francesco Rugeri has traditionally been considered a student of Nicolò Amati it is more likely that he was merely an influence on Rugeri's work. The two families certainly had a social relationship despite the distance between the Rugeri households in San Bernardo and San Sebastiano and ...Read More the Casa Amati in the heart of Cremona. While Amati's undisputed dominance in the Cremonese violin making scene of the 17th century kept his rivals at bay during his lifetime, today Rugeri's instruments are nearly as renowned as Amati's.
Rugeri's most prolific period was the 1670s-80s, and his work at that time follows Amati closely, explaining Rugeri's occasional practice of using Amati's labels in his own instruments. Perhaps the largest impact Rugeri made historically was his experimentation with smaller cello models, significantly before Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri began to move away from the large cello designs typical of the period. As a result, Rugeri's cellos are very well regarded today. Of the three sons who assisted him, Giovanni Battista, Giacinto, and Vincenzo, Vincenzo alone had individual success as a violin maker.
- The auction record for this maker is $375,152 in Mar 2015, for a violin.
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