In focus: a 1933 violin by Ansaldo Poggi

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Roberto Regazzi examines an instrument by the Italian maker, whose fame and reputation have grown in recent years

Ansaldo Poggi’s fame and reputation have had an incredible boost in the past few years, probably owing to some financial speculation but also to the clear, distinct and outstandingly consistent features of his instruments. 

He gained his knowledge from the great Bolognese maker Giuseppe Fiorini. When Poggi apprenticed with Fiorini in Zurich, from 1921, his teacher was engaged in research into the original techniques of the classical Cremonese makers. This deep insight and experience helped Poggi create outstanding instruments without having to antique them, as was fashionable in many parts of Europe during his lifetime. Many famous musicians appreciated his work, among them Nathan Milstein, Aaron Rosand, David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin. Today he is considered a superlative figure of the Italian modern era, and the monetary value of his instruments reflects his reputation as a maker of both perfect tools for musicians and wonderful visual masterpieces to be admired in a collection…

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