From the Archive: a violin by Nicolaus Gagliano

June 9, 2014

An inlaid violin by Nicolaus Gagliano
Published in The Strad, July 1927

This illustration of an inlaid violin by Nicolaus Gagliano was published in The Strad, July 1927. The following text is extracted from an article accompanying the photographs:

Though our illustrated Nicolaus Gagliano violin is a very late-dated specimen, betraying decided modifications of style, it shows the clean-cut positive manner of the high-class old Italian violin.

As will be seen, the design of the ornamented purfling follows that of Stradivarius, but no further special decoration is present on the Gagliano.

The illustration perfectly portrays a Gagliano peculiarity of arranging the pegholes in two groups, with the two pegholes of each pair close together and the two pairs wide apart.

The soundholes of the violin cannot be said to be typical of Nicolaus, but the very late date of the instrument accounts for this, another member of the family having been available for assistance.

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