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ibrusz posted a topic in The PegboxHi there I have an old-looking violin, purchased in the 80’s. At the time it was attributed to Andrea Castagneri. Would you agree with this? It doesn’t have a label and doesn’t look like your typical Castagneri violin, but has some similarities, I agree. It was recently valued for insurance purposes by Bromptons at £13,000. Thanks for your input in advance!
The Curious Case of Andrea Castagneri
ChrisG posted a topic in The PegboxHi everyone. First want to say what an amazing resource Maestronet is for laypersons like myself interested in violins, history, data, and science. I recently acquired a violin via auction and did a dendro to try and gain some more information about the violin. The violin is labeled as a 1743 Castagneri and at least some experts believed it to be a genuine Castagneri, but a dendro suggests that a more likely earliest creation date is 1755. The wood is similar to many other pre-Revolution French violins but no exact tree match. It turns out that while previous researchers had put Castagneri's death at around 1760, an apparently more authoritative source puts his death at 1747 (see http://www.viaductviolins.com/maker-detail.php?maker=143 ). So the question now, is who made this violin?! For me, the sound is fantastic and I look forward to playing it for years to come, but after reading as much as I could about Vieux Paris, Turin, Castagneri, and other makers in Paris of that era, I'm eager to learn as much as I can about the violin. I've had a few people suggest Gaffino as a possibility and I understand he took over for Castagneri at some point. However, I'd like to know what other tidbits the experts out there might have to say about this violin. I'm happy to post any additional pics if they'd be useful, but below is a shared folder containing some images of the violin. Thanks in advance! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1awC4gphuv99tSlYR-P_xxLU848UxVTn2