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Giovanni Tononi

Little is known about Giovanni Tononi’s origins, but we do know that he worked as a violin maker in Bologna in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was heavily influenced by the work of the Amati family in neighbouring Cremona, who had dominated the craft for the last century or so. The f-holes of the three violins, the 1686, the 1704 and the circa 1690 show an interesting progression, from the rather inelegant curves of the 1686 to the much more Cremonese character of the two later instruments.

The high quality of the materials and varnish which he used, combined with his excellent workmanship, make his instruments popular with experts and musicians alike.

Giovanni Tononi

(b c1640, d Bologna, 1713)

Little is known about Giovanni Tononi’s origins, but we do know that he worked as a violin maker in Bologna in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was heavily influenced by the work of the Amati family in neighbouring Cremona, who had dominated the craft for the last century or so. The f-holes of the three violins, the 1686, the 1704 and the circa 1690 show an interesting progression, from the rather inelegant curves of the 1686 to the much more Cremonese character of the two later instruments.

The high quality of the materials and varnish... Read more

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