In Focus: A 1778 G.B. Guadagnini violin

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Dorothy DeLay’s favourite instrument comes from Guadagnini’s Turin period, and shows the influence of his patron Count Cozio di Salabue, writes John Dilworth

Giovanni Battista Guadagnini was propelled on his peripatetic career by the fate of his various patrons and supporters. Moving to Piacenza from his birthplace nearby, he became associated in that city with two musicians, the brothers Paolo and Carlo Ferrari. He followed them to Milan in 1749, then in 1759 to Parma (possibly by way of Cremona) where he worked for the Bourbon duke, Don Felipe. Following the duke’s death, Guadagnini moved to Turin in 1771, where he worked for the eminent collector and trader Count Cozio di Salabue…

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