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Guarneri model. Tone refined and open with a warmth and sunny character, capable of brightness. 

Length of Back 35.7cm
Upper Bout 16.3cm
Middle Bout 11.1cm
Lower Bout 20.5cm
Stop Length 13.1cm


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’.

Alfredo Contino, Naples, Italy, 1921 Guarneri Model