(c. 1712 – 1799)
Michele Deconet was born near Strasbourg and traveled widely as a professional violinist. Traditionally it has been assumed that he settled into violin making in Venice roughly around the mid-18th century, but in fact there is no conclusive historical evidence that suggests he ever made violins at all. The dozens of instruments that bear his label are unquestionably of the Venetian school, while some ...Read More scholars theorize that Deconet sold instruments by various makers bearing his own label and others speculate that they are all of the same hand. One feature that many of his instruments share is a small pinpoint in the middle of the back, which is a unique characteristic of Stradivari and Guarneri family work, prompting the conclusion that whoever made them studied directly with Pietro Guarneri of Venice.
In any case, high quality instruments attributed to Deconet still persist in the marketplace and garner high prices until his authorship can be definitively dismissed.
- The auction record for this maker is $149,753 in Nov 2007, for a violin.
- 46 auction price results.
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