After the abrupt end of the classical Cremonese epoch when the violin makers from the Stradivari, Bergonzi, and Guarneri families all died in quick succession, the traditions were left in the hands of Lorenzo Storioni and the third generation of the Bergonzi family.
Storioni retained the basic Cremonese methods and built instruments on personal models that were nevertheless derived from his illustrious predecessors.
This superb example is the best known to us. It is Storioni’s bold interpetation of a Guarneri “del Gesù” and is in a very pure state of preservation. Like most Storioni violins, it has a husky and deep sound, which is quite like “del Gesù” in its tonality.