The Antoniazzi name is well known, chiefly due to the prolific work of Riccardo and Romeo, Gaetano’s sons. However, the much rarer work of Gaetano is considered superior due to his direct connection to Cremona’s golden age, which is evident in his working methods and style.
Research in recent years has demonstrated a close connection between Gaetano and both Enrico and Giuseppe Ceruti. This violin, which closely resembles several well-known Enrico Ceruti violins from this time, would suggest that Gaetano Antoniazzi took an active part in the late Ceruti workshop. It is built on a Ceruti model and bears a Ceruti label, but shows clear evidence in its workmanship details that it was entirely made by Antoniazzi.
It would be a marvelous instrument for a serious musician or a connoisseur interested in the emerging late Cremona school of violinmaking.