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A very beautiful and gorgeous sounding violin labelled Guiseppe Antoni Rocca, 1834.

LOB: 356mm

This violin is simply stunning with its gorgeously flamed single piece back and glowing golden-red varnish.

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A very beautiful and gorgeous sounding violin labelled Guiseppe Antoni Rocca, 1834.

LOB: 356mm

This violin is simply stunning with its gorgeously flamed single piece back and glowing golden-red varnish.

It has a bold, masculine outline, equally strong scroll and is in near perfect condition, with no cracks or signs of repair.

The sound too is more than a match for its wondrous appearance. It is one of those exceptional violins that does not sound loud close to the ear but has a cutting edge that carries seemingly endlessly, giving it great projection. It has a piercing clarity, great resonance and wonderful overtones. The quick response of this violin makes fast passages delightfully easy to traverse.

This violin comes with Pirastro Tonica strings which are better match than the usual Ivah Pirazzi strings that most of my violins are fitted with.

It is a violin that is an absolute joy to play.

And priced very modestly at only £7950.00 – SOLD

Much like this violin, the maker Guiseppe Antoni Rocca was an extraordinary character. Born in 1807 in Barbaresco near Turin, Rocca learnt his trade with one of the most prestigious non-Cremonese makers, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, and Rocca soon became noted as a very talented maker himself. He left behind the patterns of his master and having seen in Tarisio’s collection “Le Messie” (The Messiah) Strad of 1716 and “The Alard” Guarneri del Gesu 1742 (as the two violins latterly became known) he started to model his violins after these two instruments.

Rocca, however, had two sides to his character. On the one hand he could be a diligent and dedicated worker which would bring him significant pecuniary reward, whilst on the other hand he had a love of excessive social behaviours – wine, women and gambling – which could be so extravagant as to exceed his income. Several times he was on the brink of financial ruin but managed to refocus his efforts on sobriety and work to save himself, business and family. Finally in 1865, and still 3 months short of his 58th birthday his turbulent domestic life, drink and gambling appears to have become too much for him. Now married for the fifth time, to an 18 year old who it is rumoured contributed to his demise, one January morning he was found at the bottom of a well with the suggestion being that he had committed suicide.

His violins achieved several medals at major exhibitions and he claimed to have discovered the secret formula for the varnish of the great Cremonese masters. To this day his work ranks as amongst the best 19th century violins to come out of Italy. One very well regarded writer refers to Rocca’s instruments in these terms “He used very good wood. The scrolls, large like those of Pressenda, are tasteful; the shape of the sound-holes is beautiful. The purfling is suitably located, the back often of one piece. He applied a yellow, red, brown or red-brown varnish of excellent qualities. The tone is very rich and possesses great carrying power.

Certainly very fine instruments.


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