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Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828

 

Giovanni Francesco Pressenda was born in a small village in Alba, Italy, in 1777. While we do not know where he trained as a violin maker, we do know he was employed by age 40 in the Lete-Pillement workshop in Turin.

Pressenda quickly ascended to being recognized as the best violin maker in the region. He produced many extremely fine violins based on a Stradivari-inspired personal model of rather large dimensions.

This very early example shows off the maker’s typical choice of maple and glorious red-orange varnish. The scroll is a fine match, but not original, so the violin offers a rare opportunity for a musician to acquire a superb instrument at a comparatively reasonable price.


Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828
Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828
Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828
Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828
Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, c.1828
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