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More accurate to say he certified a vast number of instruments which featured his label ...

To the extent that it's very difficult to authenticate one self-certified Mario Gadda by comparing it with another self-certified Mario Gadda :ph34r:

One would also have to note the major Reghin influence that crept into his later work, or that of his workshop.

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On 10/9/2018 at 2:28 AM, germain said:

Yes it’s real. I have a Mario Gadda violin. Certificate and the instrument label branding look legit. 

I have to admire someone who can be so sure....  I live in Italy (64 kilometers fro Mantova) and I refuse to write certificates of authenticity for Mario Gadda instruments.

There are numerous fake certificates as well. It's a minefield.

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23 hours ago, Bruce Carlson said:

I have to admire someone who can be so sure....  I live in Italy (64 kilometers fro Mantova) and I refuse to write certificates of authenticity for Mario Gadda instruments.

There are numerous fake certificates as well. It's a minefield.

I would say its a minefield on a minefield ;-)

 

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Things like this are a real shame. Obviously he could, and did make some good instruments.

It seems that many workshops in Italy were buying in unfinished instruments, adjusting and varnishing them, then exporting them, so Gadda wasn't alone in this, but it does seem they went totally over the top, or it became common knowledge in way that it didn't quite for the others. Guess it didn't help that they were apparently still being "made" once he had died.

Either way, it's sad that now most of his instruments will be viewed with some suspicion, and his reputation will no doubt suffer greatly in the future.

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1 hour ago, germain said:

I wouldn't exactly trust a certificate from Bruce Carlson outside of Manotova so its good you are not issuing them hahaha. The pictured cello- craftsmanship, branding and label point to Gadda workshop. 

I can barely believe you just wrote that. Do you have any idea who you are speaking to? If you do any respect you might have had here is rapidly vanishing and if you don't, your ignorance is barely excusable.

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Reminds me of Salvador Dali prints. ( Don't you know someone who has one of those?)

In the 70s a van was held up at the Spanish -French border and on inspection customs found about 10,000 sheets of blank paper each with an original signature of Salvador Dali. The van was on it's way to Paris to a group of hired artists who had been instructed by Dali how to make surrealistic prints in his style. Customs had to let them go.  How many vans did cross the border over time no one knows.

There are now 3 different kinds of Dali prints: the ones made by himself, the ones made by his Paris friends and the ones made by others as well but with a faked signature.

The funny thing is that the fake ones with real signature still fetched over a 1000 dollars some years ago and maybe even more today.  Apparently a few art dealers are expert enough that they can tell the difference. Whether they do or don't who knows.

I bet you that "M Gadda" violins - with his papers and stamp - will continue to fetch good money no matter the very questionable origins.

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