Giulio Degani learned from his father, Eugenio, in Venice and became partner in the business in 1898 when he was just 23 years old. Eugenio died three years later, and Giulio carried on in Venice until about 1915 when he emigrated to the United States.
Degani’s early work surpassed that of his teacher as he dropped some of his father’s idiosyncrasies and followed a more classical Venetian ideal. Unfortunately, Degani’s late work deteriorated dramatically due to his economic circumstances.
This violin was made one year after Eugenio died and is one of the finest Degani violins we have seen. It was certainly inspired by his 18th century Venetian predecessor Santo Serafin whose violins must have been accessible to the young maker. The instrument is in near mint condition and has a robust and complex sound.