Violin by

Vincenzo Sannino
Naples, c.1912

Vincenzo Sannino was born in Naples, Italy, in 1879. He trained formally as a violinist at the Naples Conservatory, but it was his self-taught ability as a violin maker that would bring him fame.

Sannino created instruments on a variety of models, from prior Neapolitan makers like Nicolo Gagliano and Lorenzo Ventapane to the more famous northern Italian makers such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini, and Pressenda. Sannino was one of the best copyists of 20th century Italy; his clever antiquing was rivaled only by Gaetano Sgarabotto of Milan. In 1914, Sannino began working in Rome, though many of his labels over the next few decades continued to cite Naples as their city of origin. Sannino had a prodigious output of instruments, having made around 700 violins, 50 violas, and 80 cellos.

This excellent violin is a rare example made as a copy of a Guarneri “del Gesù”. It is in excellent condition and is unusually attractive in the maker’s choice of materials. It offers a full and resonant tone, ideal for the player seeking power as well as refinement.