Violin by

Gaspare Lorenzini
Piacenza, c.1780

Born in 1724 in Piacenza and remaining there until he died in 1811 at the age of 87, Lorenzini closely associated with the slightly older G.B. Guadagnini throughout his life, despite Guadagnini’s departure from Piacenza in 1749. Lorenzini’s labeled work is extremely rare and has normally been sold as other makers’ work, especially gaining fame as the work of Lorenzo Guadagnini. This fine example of Lorenzini’s most mature and sophisticated style has been known as a Montagnana and has been the concert violin of well regarded artists for some time. Its qualities distinguish it as a concert violin of a very high rank.