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Nicola Gagliano

Nicola Gagliano was the son of Alessandro. His violins, together with those of his brother Gennaro, are amongst the most sought-after instruments of the Gagliano family.

Although he occasionally copied Amati, the majority of his work shows the influence of Stradivari, who remained the strongest force in the output of the Gaglianos from Nicola’s generation onwards. This is particularly evident in the flat archings and upright f-holes of the 1780 violin.

In his later years, Nicola sometimes collaborated with his son, Giuseppe, as can be seen in the violin labelled 1744, which was probably made circa 1770. This instrument also shows clearly the use of beech and paper for the purfling, which was introduced by Gennaro and Nicola, and which was to become a hallmark of the Gagliano family, and indeed of Neapolitan violin making in general.

Nicola Gagliano

(fl Naples, c1740–c1780)

Nicola Gagliano was the son of Alessandro. His violins, together with those of his brother Gennaro, are amongst the most sought-after instruments of the Gagliano family.

Although he occasionally copied Amati, the majority of his work shows the influence of Stradivari, who remained the strongest force in the output of the Gaglianos from Nicola’s generation onwards. This is particularly evident in the flat archings and upright f-holes of the 1780 violin.

In his later years, Nicola sometimes collaborated with his son, Giuseppe, as can be seen in the violin labelled 1744, which was probably made circa 1770. This instrument also... Read more

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A violin by Nicola Gagliano

Naples, 1763

Son of Alessandro Gagliano and brother of Gennaro, Nicola Gagliano is considered one of the best makers of the family. Rather than slavishly following the example of his father, Nicola... read more

A violin by Nicola Gagliano

Naples, 1763

Son of Alessandro Gagliano and brother of Gennaro, Nicola Gagliano is considered one of the best makers of the family. Rather than slavishly following the example of his father, Nicola turned to Stradivari and sometimes to Amati for inspiration.

This violin, which is built on a very characterful and generous model, has a rich and brilliant tone.

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