Oreste Martini Violin, Mantua, 1952


Oresete Martini (b.1893, d.1957) became an Italian luthier after his tutelage under master Stefano Scarampella, beginning at age 14. Martini was producing his own instruments in his early 20s. He began his career with a focus on double basses but went on to craft many violins, violas, and cellos. While other pupils copied Scarampella's works, Martini adopted his own artistic flair. He received medals for his work in Cremona, Padua, and Paris and his work is a fine example of the early 20th century Mantuan school.

This violin highlights Martini's use of flamed maple and broad-grained spruce with its well-rounded nature and full arching. The antiqued varnish is rich and boasts a lush, reddish-orange hue. Martini's violin is aesthetically appealing while also offering a rich and responsive voice tinged with color and sweetness. This violin is a perfect partner for soloists and orchestral players alike.


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