Giuseppe Ceruti: In the name of the father

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The Cremonese luthier Giuseppe Ceruti is often overlooked in favour of his more famous son, Enrico. Duane Rosengard examines two matching double basses by Giuseppe to discover the secrets of his making style

In the 17th century the founding fathers of two illustrious violin making families, the Rugeris and Guarneris, emigrated to Cremona from their ancestral homelands in the surrounding countryside. Near the end of the 18th century a similar path was taken by Giovanni Battista Ceruti, who represented the first of three generations of Cremona’s most renowned 19th-century violin makers. The work of his son and successor, Giuseppe Ceruti (1785–1860), is rarely encountered and remains the least explored of the dynasty…

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