Italian Violin by Virgilio Capellini 1949 ??


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Hi all, this is my first post in this forum. I have come across this violin which is labelled to be made by Virgilio Capellini in Cremona in 1949 with a handwritten note on the back of the inside. It would be great if you can give your views about this violin, whether the violin is italian or not, and a possible price estimate for it.

Thanks a lot in Advance!

Satanik.

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@PhilipKT Thank you for your comment ! Yes, I looked into the other examples of this maker in the website, mostly from big auction houses, but I do not have a discernible eye to elucidate the differences or similarities, if any. I tried to make a comparison of the scroll and the f holes of some other examples by this maker, and compiled it together. You can find it attached herewith. Also, could you please comment if the workmanship of this violin looks decent or not (I mean does it seem to be a handmade instrument rather than a factory made one??). 

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I have never heard of Virgilio Capellini, although I found him in Brinser’s dictionary/scrapbook. Brinser records him as a “professional maker” (whatever that means) who was born 1928, and received a diploma from the violin making school in Cremona in 1947. The OP violin looks to me to be made by an autodidact, certainly nobody “Professional” or a graduate of a violin making school, so I would find the attribution extremely improbable. I ignore questions about price estimates on Maestronet, but I find it hard to imagine that it’s worth anything

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The inscription in the back is VERY reminiscent of a couple fake Italians that I've seen in the last year. Same place, very similar hand, similar pen/ink.

I can't speak to the fiddle itself, as the only images Cozio has of the maker's instruments are '70s/'80s, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

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5 hours ago, Satanik Mukherjee said:

Hi all, this is my first post in this forum. I have come across this violin which is labelled to be made by Virgilio Capellini in Cremona in 1949 with a handwritten note on the back of the inside. It would be great if you can give your views about this violin, whether the violin is italian or not, and a possible price estimate for it.

Thanks a lot in Advance!

Satanik.

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No chance as a Virgilio Capellini. I worked with Capellini in 1972 along with Alfred Primavera while we were going to the Violinmaking School. The label is a facsimile of the one started at that time in collaboration with Adolph Primavera (Cremona graduate of 1951) whose shop was in Philadelphia. Before that time this label did not exist.

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