Ca. 1798 Gagliano violin bearing a label of ‘Joseph and Antonius Gagliano’

The Gagliano family of violinmakers stretches all the way into the twentieth century. Niccolo Gagliano had 4 sons, all violinmakers: Ferdinando, Giuseppe, Antonio I, and Giovanni. The 4 violinmakers made instruments in Naples and Belluno from approximately 1770-1815.

The instrument’s one piece back displays strong figure ascending slightly from left to right. The ribs and scroll are of similar materials. The two piece top is made of mixed narrow to medium width grain and the varnish is a golden brown over amber.

Donor: loan from Annette-Barbara Vogel
Acquired: 2018
Value: $250,000

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