Carlo Antonio Testore was the son and pupil of Carlo Giuseppe, but his instruments are generally less distinguished than those of his father. The influence of Giovanni Grancino, the father of Milanese violin making, is still visible in his work, and the back of the 1736 violin featured here echoes the 1693 Grancino.
The 1752 violin is typical of the less expensive type of instrument for which the Testore family became known, with its modest materials, unpurfled back, thin varnish and unfinished back of the pegbox. The 1723 cello, however, shows what Carlo Antonio could achieve when inspired, presumably financially, to do so.
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