A good Italian violin by Giorgio Gatti, Turin, 1919

The influence of Pressenda and Rocca is evident in this Gatti violin, but also plenty of his own personality

l31852fb GattiLittle is known about the training of Giorgio Gatti (1868–1936) after his arrival in Turin in 1890. Among the active Turin makers of the period, Enrico Marchetti is most likely to have guided him, although it is generally assumed that Gatti was largely self-taught.

The stylistic influence of Pressenda and Rocca is evident in his work, although his own personality is also clear. For example, the elongated head and proud round volute of this 1919 violin are recognizable personal traits of Gatti’s work, while the oval-shaped upper and lower eyes of the f-holes and the blunt wings are an exaggerated nod to Pressenda. During the peak of his career Gatti used a dark red varnish inclined to craquel, not unlike that of Pressenda, though a more pale light-orange varnish as seen in this example is common after 1915.

Gatti relocated his workshop to Via Bardassano in 1917, and his labels reflect that change, but he continued to use his brand stamp with his former Corso Vittorio Emanuele address.
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