Grandson of Carlo Bergonzi and older brother of Carlo Antonio, Nicola Bergonzi began making instruments around 1777 and was a close contemporary of Lorenzo Storioni, who preceded ...Read More him into the trade of violin making by only a few years. The two men were neighbors on the Contrada Coltellai in Cremona from 1787 to 1794. Like Storioni, Bergonzi did not always choose the best materials, and he was far less prolific, abandoning violin making officially in 1804. Nonetheless his instruments are well-constructed, possessing relatively flat archings and sometimes a lovely orange varnish, and seek to approximate to the splendor of his grandfather's work.
- The auction record for this maker is $125,018 in Jun 1997, for a bass. - 8 auction price results.