Fine Italian Violin, Cesare Maggiali 1936
Mature, full, carrying
Cesare Maggiali was a Tuscan violin maker, born in the village of Carrara in 1886. Although officially an amateur maker, Maggiali made over 160 instruments, more than many professional luthiers. He received support and instruction in his making from Igino Sderci, a prominent Florentine maker. Maggiali’s dedication to his craft was rewarded by success at the Rome competition in 1954, where he was awarded a gold medal. His instruments are most often based on Stradivari and Guarneri models.
This 1936 violin has a two piece maple back with beautiful medium width flame that is prominent and slants down from the center joint. The two piece spruce top has slightly slanting narrow grain. The scroll is delicate and the elegant F-holes accentuate the curve of the body. The instrument is covered with a lovely reddish brown varnish with shading revealing a golden ground.
The sound of the violin is full and carrying, with a robust low end. It would blend nicely in an orchestral or chamber setting but also has the capacity to stand on its own as a soloistic instrument.
The interior label reads: Caesar Maggiali Monetensis, Carrera (Italy) Fecit Anno 1936. There is a second label that reads ‘$AMC HOS 2456’
The violin is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
This instrument is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.3cm
Middle Bouts: 11.1cm
Lower Bouts: 20.5cm