Michael Appleman Posted February 18, 2015 Report Share Posted February 18, 2015 I just read Phillip Kass' article about the Guadagnini family over on the Cozio website, and there was one little bit in it that I had never heard before and that I find troubling. "Cozio was further inspired when Guadagnini told him that the Stradivari family possessed a number of unsold instruments as well as the tools and forms from Stradivari’s workshop...The result was Cozio’s acquisition of the Stradivari instruments and workshop contents ..." Does this mean there is documentary evidence that G.B.Guadagnini was aware of what was left in the Stradivari "shop" or household at the time? Does this suggest that he might have been in contact with Paolo Stradivari? We've come to describe G.B. Guad as a "pathological liar," who invented his "Cremonese" past (not to mention his violin-making father), but if he was putting his "employer" in contact with Paolo Stradivari himself, not to mention possibly acting as a go-between, how could he expect to "get away" with falsifying his past? I am aware that although his method is close to Cremonese classical, G.B. Guad's work implies he never received direct tutelage from a Stradivari nor a Bergonzi, but could it be possible between his "wandering years" before he settled in Piacenza, and his departure from Piacenza to Milano, that he had something to do with the Stradivari/Bergonzi shop? A floor sweeper, (a tea-brewer) a rough-wood cutter, a case maker...something that would leave him some shred of legitimacy so that Paolo Strad wouldn't denounce him as a phony? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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