Older brother of Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea, Pietro Guarneri began to work in his father Andrea's shop from an early age, around 1670. Equally talented as a violinist and violin maker, Pietro relocated to Mantua in the 1680s to further his playing ...Read More opportunities at the court.
His career as a maker languished as a result and few of his instruments survive, but they are almost all violins of superior workmanship and elegance. The materials and varnish are excellent, and the f-holes display an individual style, with large open circles and elegant curves. The Amati influence is strongest in his work, but elements of Stradivari and Stainer are also visible. Pietro left a mark on Mantuan violin making that is evident in the work of later makers such as Balestrieri and Camilli.
- The auction record for this maker is $419,200 in Oct 2006, for a violin. - 48 auction price results.