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Antonio Capela

The son, pupil and successor of Domingos, born in Anta in 1932, Antonio was an active violin maker from around 1961. In that year he worked for Etienne Vatelot, and later with the Morizot brothers in Paris, then from 1964-6 he was a student at Cremona under Pietro Sgarabotto and Simone Sacconi. He gained awards at Liège in 1963 and Cremona in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1972. Some instruments bear his father’s label, countersigned by Antonio, and are often signed internally on the front. Fine work on various classical models with golden-orange varnish, very much in the style of Domingos. He was assisted until retirement by his son, Joaquim, born in 1967.

Antonio Capela

(b Anta Espinho, 1932)

The son, pupil and successor of Domingos, born in Anta in 1932, Antonio was an active violin maker from around 1961. In that year he worked for Etienne Vatelot, and later with the Morizot brothers in Paris, then from 1964-6 he was a student at Cremona under Pietro Sgarabotto and Simone Sacconi. He gained awards at Liège in 1963 and Cremona in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1972. Some instruments bear his father’s label, countersigned by Antonio, and are often signed internally on the front. Fine work on various classical models with golden-orange varnish, very much in the style of Domingos.... Read more

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