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Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865

 

Vincenzo Postiglione (1835-1916) established himself as the most important Neapolitan violinmaker at the end of the 19th century and was the father of the modern Neapolitan school. He was born in Naples and worked there his entire life, first as an apprentice to Vincenzo Jorio starting in 1847 and then in his own workshop from 1855 onward.

Known for his reproductions of older Neapolitan violins (like those by the Gagliano family), Postiglione also created instruments modeled on his own interpretation of classic violins by Stradivari and Guarneri. He produced a successful student in Alfredo Contino, who took over the Postiglione shop in 1916 upon the master’s death. Other Neapolitan makers, such as Vincenzo Sannino, were clearly influenced by Postiglione’s style.

This violin is based on Postiglione’s adaptation of the Stradivari model, with its characteristic graceful, upright soundholes. It produces a sweet, silvery tone that projects clearly to the back of the concert hall.


Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865
Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865
Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865
Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865
Vincenzo Postiglione, Naples, c.1865
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