In Focus: A c.1773 G.B. Guadagnini violin


Jason Price takes a look at the record-breaking ‘Sinzheimer’ violin

The extremely prolific and industrious Giovanni Battista Guadagnini continued to innovate and experiment well into the last years of his career. In the last full decade (1770–9) we see at least three distinct new styles emerge, and a rate of production of nearly 20 instruments per year, which surpassed even that of the late Stradivari workshop. Like Stradivari, Guadagnini was certainly assisted by his sons Gaetano, Giuseppe, Carlo and Filippo, but it’s impossible to say precisely to what extent.

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