Ettore Soffritti was one of the leading dozen makers of the early 20th century in Italy and certainly the father of the modern Emilian School. Soffritti was very well regarded in his day and won several awards. He did not enjoy a long professional career, thus his instruments are few; however, he trained several regional violin makers who went on to follow his style, though none with the same success as their master.
This early example is incredibly refined and remains in a very pure state of preservation. It is one of the finest examples we have seen by this important maker.