Michele Deconet was born in Kehl, Strasbourg in 1713, and began his life as a soldier before coming to Venice in 1732 as a musician. He never seems to have gained entry to the guild of instrument makers, but appears to have worked successfully from the early 1740s. A large number of instruments exist with his label, in a very recognisable style strongly influenced by Pietro Guarneri, who was active in Venice from c1717 to 1762. His work is slightly uneven in execution and finish and varnish varies considerably over the course of his career, from rich oily reds typical of earlier Venetian work, to much drier, paler recipes.
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