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Although the great schools of Italian violin-making are associated with Brescia and Cremona, the eastern coastal city of Pesaro also had a long history of concentrated musical activity among its noble families dating back to the early 15th century. At least four bowed string instrument makers are known to have worked there during the 17th century: Carlo Cortesi (fl. 1612), Carlo Brandini (2nd half of the 17th C), Antonio Mariani (d. 1680) and Sebastiano Sacchini (fl.c.1670-1686). Very few of their instruments survive, but those that do share certain characteristics with the finer Brescian makers. Those evident on this instrument, include high arching and decorative purfling designs. Other characteristics associated with the Pesaro makers and observable on this instrument include, narrow, stubbier corners, dark varnish and soundholes with smaller wings.

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A 17th century Italian violin showing certain characteristics of the Pesaro school (see Commentary). The instrument has highly ornamental purfling with inlaid ivory, a belly and back decorated in pointe d'aiguille, and ribs with an inlaid pattern of woods.


Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: part)

321.1 Bow lutes
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Chordophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  violin
object name (AAT):  violin
catalogue title:  321.1 Bow lutes

Additional maker information
maker:  Rose, Roger
Pesaro, Italy
Additional place information
Date made
17th century
Additional date information
date made:  17th century 
date made:  2013 

Materials & techniques
wood; ivory; animal fibre; metal
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: animal fibre (overall)
material: ivory (overall)
material: metal (overall)
overall: 23.5039 x 7.6378 x 3.3465 in.; 597 x 194 x 85 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 23.5039 x 7.6378 x 3.3465 in.; 597 x 194 x 85 mm

Related objects
part of violin (M986)
Related subjects
object name (AAT): violins

Record created 2002-08-27 by BDAVIS
Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS

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