Giovanni Battista Rogeri, Brescia, date unknown


Violin: 44084

Labelled, "Gio: Paolo Maggini in Brescia."

The head later.

Back: Two-piece of faint wide curl; double purfled

Top: of fine grain, opening out towards the flanks; double-purfled

Scroll: plain

Varnish: Orange to light brown

Length of back: 36.8 cm

Upper bouts: 17.4 cm

Middle bouts: 12.1 cm

Lower bouts: 21.7 cm


Notes:

Some modern experts believe that Rogeri copied Maggini, although there is no consensus on this view and no Maggini copy is currently known that bears an original Rogeri label.

"...some experts believe that [Rogeri] made violins that are deliberately in the manner of Maggini, imitating the f-holes and scrolls, and even the raised arching. It would seem that Rogeri was happy to work in these varying styles, which is possibly the first instance of one maker copying another outside his normal practice. It is no stretch of the imagination to see Rogeri making some extremely effective copies in the earlier Brescian manner either as a mark of respect, or simply as a commercial endeavour."

John Dilworth The Brescian School, part 2

Provenance

in 1954 Sold by Cyril Woodcock
until 2013 Anonymous
in 2013 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2013 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2013) Confirms the youngest ring of the treble and bass sides of the top as 1672. A written report is available for purchase.

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References

  • Violins & Violinists, September-October, 1958, Max Möller, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1954, London (illustrated)

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