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Giacomo Rivolta

Born in 1780 in Milan, Giacomo Rivolta worked there at the sign of ‘Santo Re Davide’ on the Contrada Margherita, the quarter occupied by the Landolfi and Mantegazza families of violin makers. He was one of the most gifted and skilful of Milanese makers, although not the most prolific, and as a result is often overlooked. Count Cozio di Salabue loaned him a quartet of Stradivari instruments to copy and the clearest influence of this generosity is in the fine cellos which Rivolta produced, plainly modelled on Stradivari’s ‘B’ form. In other respects, his work is quite personal, with quite small soundholes set well apart on the table and a well-rounded Amatese outline.

Giacomo Rivolta

(Milan, b 1780)

Born in 1780 in Milan, Giacomo Rivolta worked there at the sign of ‘Santo Re Davide’ on the Contrada Margherita, the quarter occupied by the Landolfi and Mantegazza families of violin makers. He was one of the most gifted and skilful of Milanese makers, although not the most prolific, and as a result is often overlooked. Count Cozio di Salabue loaned him a quartet of Stradivari instruments to copy and the clearest influence of this generosity is in the fine cellos which Rivolta produced, plainly modelled on Stradivari’s ‘B’ form. In other respects, his work is quite personal, with quite... Read more