Carcassi, Tomaso 1760

Firenze, 1760

Tomaso and Lorenzo Carcassi were brothers who shared a workshop and often collaborated using a joint label during the period c.1750-1780.  The brothers were probably pupils of Giovanni Battista Gabriella who was working in Florence around that time.  The predominant influence among the Florentine makers in that time was Jacob Stainer.  The brothers were greatly inspired by his work. 
This fine violin is a beautiful example of the brothers work. It has a two-piece top of narrow to medium grain spruce.  One piece quarter cut maple back with narrow mild flames going up from left to right. The scroll is of a plainer maple with mild flames.  The varnish is of a light brown orange color on a dark amber ground.