Giorgio Gatti was born in Chieri, Turin, in 1847. Largely self-taught as a maker, he was nevertheless aided in some part by his contemporaries in Turin, Francesco Guadagnini, Romano Marengo Rinaldi and Enrico Marchetti. His strongest influence however was Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, and he sought to emulate his style and achievement. He worked initially at the Corso Emanuele, but moved to the Via Bardassano in 1917, and he died in 1936. Early instruments have a deep red varnish, which often develops a surface craquelure, while later instruments are predominantly a paler golden-orange in colour and harder in texture.
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