Was the 17th-century maker Francesco Rugeri trained by Nicolò Amati? This violin appears to show the clear influence of the great master, with arching close to Amati’s late style and f-holes showing Rugeri’s personal interpretation of an Amati model. Conversely, the head seems to anticipate the work of Carlo Bergonzi, some decades later. A fascinating violin by a highly regarded Cremonese maker. Includes measurements‘The violin looks slender and smart, in spite of its normal dimensions. The body outline is very similar to the large model used by Nicolò: the grand pattern. If we superimpose the outline of this violin on to others from the Amati workshop, not surprisingly we find that Rugeri’s fits perfectly in the C-bouts.’ – Carlo Chiesa in the December 2012 issue
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