Italian violin by Mathias Albani ca.1670.

A very rare, fine old Italian violin made by Mathias Albani ca. 1670. Mathias Albani considered to be a Tyrolean maker of Bolzano. We can see a solid link between this great master and best Cremonese makers of the period, like Amati family and Andrea Guarnerius. The similarities are in internal details of the work as well as a model, varnish composition, arching, placement of the pins and much more. The head of this instrument recalls the work of G.B. Rogeri who was probably working with Amati at that time. This is a superb example of the maker’s work in a very fine state of preservation, specially with the amount of an original magnificent varnish that it is present.The sound of this instrument is on the level of the best Italian makers from the period. This masterpiece is definitely a concert instrument of 1st rank. The length over the back is 35.5 cm.

Certificates: A. Gartsman violins

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Country of Origin

Bolzano, Italy, Italy


Mathias Albani


1650 – 1700

Price Range

$100,000 and up

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