*SOLD OR NO LONGER AVAILABLE, LISTING FOR ARCHIVE PURPOSES* Guarneri model. Tone refined and open with a warmth and sunny character, capable of brightness. Length of Back 35.7cmUpper Bout 16.3cmMiddle Bout 11.1cmLower Bout 20.5cmStop Length 13.1cmAbout:Alfredo Contino (1890 - 1944)Neapolitan maker and sole pupil of Vincenzo Postiglione from 1902, and succeeded to the business in 1916. Best known for his very exact copies of Gagliano family work. Completed over 300 violins, 15 violas, and 70 cellos. Usually treated with potassium bichromate ground, giving a greenish hue beneath the varnish. Gold medal at Padua 1932. Branded ‘A.Contino Napoli’ on back button and lower rib. Also inscribed on interior of front with initials and drawn device known as the ‘Jettatura’.