Little 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.