24th October 2017
2 instruments by Giovanni Maria Del Bussetto
Giovanni Maria del Bussetto was active from circa 1670 to circa 1680 in Cremona. His instruments are extremely rare, but those that survive are recognisable by their distinctive f-holes and rather square outline. Although Bussetto’s instruments vary in quality, his best work is comparable to that of many of his great contemporaries and has occasionally led to his work being attributed to other Cremonese makers. The particularly fine varnish of this circa 1680 violin was no doubt a factor in its misattribution to Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ.