Camilli, Camillo 1743

Camillo Camilli is considered one of the finest 18th century makers of the Mantua School.  He was greatly influenced by Pietro Guarneri who founded the Mantuan school when he arrived from Cremona in the early 1680s.  Camilli  was probably a pupil of Antonio Zanotti. His craftsmanship deserves praise for his interesting choice of wood and beautiful golden-orange varnish.

The back is in one piece of maple cut on the slab and with faint, irregular flames of medium width; the sides are also faintly figured; the scroll plain; the table in two pieces of spruce with narrow grain at the centre, broadening towards the flanks; the varnish is of an orange amber brown colour.

This violin is a very fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.