From the Archive: a violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri

August 4, 2014

A violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri

This illustration of a violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri was published in The Strad, September 1913. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:

For sheer beauty of form, workmanship, varnish, and – what is or should be of supreme importance – tone, the magnificent violin pictured this month may well vie with any instrument hitherto figured in the pages of this journal.

Its fine state of preservation speaks well of the care bestowed upon it by former owners. It is authenticated by the certificate of Messrs. Hill and Sons, dated 27th July, 1889.

The principal measurements are: Length of body, 13 15/16 inches full; upper bouts, 6 ½ inches bare; lower bouts, 8 1/16 inches; height of sides, 1 3/16 inches to 1 ¼; this last measurement being, of course, the extreme height of the lower bouts.

Lancetti, in the 20s of the last century, referred to Pietro Giacomo as being a ‘nearly unknown member of the Rogeri family’. Like his relative, Giovanni Battista, he was trained in Niccolo Amati’s workshop. The teachings of his master are evident in every feature of his work.

That P.G and G.B Rogeri were closely related is beyond all reasonable doubt. The likeness between the instruments of the two makers is nothing short of extraordinary. The splendid head of this instrument would pass anywhere for the work of G.B. Rogeri, though it may be remarked that it is more finely finished than many of the scrolls seen on that maker’s instruments.

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