Ludovico and his presumed father Antonio Mariani are the only representatives of the very distinctive early Pesaro school of violin making, active from around 1635 to 1680. Their work is very reminiscent of the Brescian and early Venetian makers, and clearly strongly influenced by them. Scrolls and soundholes are very Brescian, and the instruments often display extra decorative purfling, like those of Gaspar da Salò and Maggini. As a result many of these intriguing and charming instruments have been re-labelled and passed off as Brescian, and few retain original tickets.
Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday will offer an initial evaluation of the authenticity and value of your instrument or bow. At this stage, the assessment is free and without obligation. In the first instance, we suggest submitting good-quality images to us, preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the valuation form.Read more