Mezadri, Alessandro 1725

Made by Alessandro Mezadri of Ferrara, in around 1725.

Alessandro Mezadri worked circa 1690-1734 in Ferrara Italy.  He was a musician as well as a violin maker. His instruments are rare.   His style is very individual and loosely modelled on the Amati.
The back of this fine old Italian instrument is one piece of attractively figured maple cut on the slab and with broad figure running horizontally; the sides of similar wood cut on the quarter; the scroll plain; the table in two pieces of spruce joined by the bass bar, the grain generally of medium width and broadening towards the flanks; the varnish of an orange-brown colour on a golden ground.
This violin is a very fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.