Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751 - cello

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Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751

 

Giorgio Serafin was born in Venice in 1726 and probably trained with his uncle Santo Serafin from a young age. By 1742, he was labeling with his own name instruments that were very close in model and style to his uncle’s instruments.

​The year after Domenico Montagnana’s death in 1750, Serafin entered into an agreement with the four surviving Montagnana daughters whereby he took over as head of the Montagnana workshop. (He eventually married the youngest daughter.) The agreement prohibited Serafin from selling his instruments under his name, so we presume his instruments were unlabeled.

​This superb Venetian cello was certainly made soon after Serafin assumed control of the Montagnana workshop. His recognizable workmanship is evident, while at the same time the cello embraces elements of Montagnana’s model, arching, and varnish. The cello magnificently exhibits tonal characteristics that unmistakably remind one of a great Montagnana. This instrument is suitable for a fine soloist or any cellist looking for a top-level Venetian sound.


Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751
Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751
Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751
Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751
Giorgio Serafin, Venice, c.1751
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