Born in Gaiole, Chianti in 1884, and originally apprenticed as a wood carver, Sderci taught himself the basic techniques of violin making before joining the Bisiach family as a pupil, and then a significant partner in the business. He worked in Milan with Leandro before opening his own shop in Florence, where he helped train Leandro’s sons Leandro (II), Giacomo and Carlo, and continued to make instruments in the white for Carlo for some time. He gained awards at the Cremona exhibitions of 1937 and 1949, and died in Florence in 1983. He is credited with over 700 instruments, but only one cello is known. All are of a high standard of workmanship, using almost exclusively Stradivari and Guarneri models and varnish of orange and red shades.
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