(ﬂ. 1710 – 1760)
Bernardo Calcani, or Bernardus Calcanius, as his Latinized labels read, is perhaps the finest Genoese maker of the 18th century. Though Calcani's work is unmistakably Italian, he likely trained with Bavarian maker Christopher Rittig, who was active in Genoa at the end of the 17th century. Starting around 1720 he worked in partnership with Antonio ...Read More Pazarini, but the results of their collaboration do not generally reach the level of Calcani's independent work, which can be quite fine. In general it is considerably less refined than the work of his Cremonese contemporaries and less bold than Venetian instruments of the same period. The varying quality of Calcani's output can partly be attributed to trade routes and the resulting caliber of available materials: wood arriving from the Balkans would reach Italy's Ligurian coast only after being heavily picked over by Venetian makers.
Several well-regarded Genoese makers succeeded Calcani in the 18th century, but the only one who probably studied with him is Giuseppe Cavaleri.
- The auction record for this maker is $112,431 in Nov 2006, for a violin.
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