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Lorenzo Ventapane

Lorenzo Ventapane is generally considered to be the most important of the Neapolitan makers outside the Gagliano family. He almost certainly trained with one of the Gaglianos, most likely Giovanni or his son Nicolo II, and his instruments bear a strong resemblance in construction, varnish and tone to those of the Gagliano family.

The upright f-holes, the use of paper in the purfling and the placement of the pegs give the two violins illustrated here a characteristically Neapolitan appearance. Neither of them has the greenish tint in the varnish that one often sees in Gaglianos of this period, but instead a rather attractive golden-orange. As is the case with many of the Neapolitan makers, however, the quality of the materials, and indeed of the workmanship, can vary from one instrument to the next.

Lorenzo Ventapane

(fl Naples, c1800–c1840)

Lorenzo Ventapane is generally considered to be the most important of the Neapolitan makers outside the Gagliano family. He almost certainly trained with one of the Gaglianos, most likely Giovanni or his son Nicolo II, and his instruments bear a strong resemblance in construction, varnish and tone to those of the Gagliano family.

The upright f-holes, the use of paper in the purfling and the placement of the pegs give the two violins illustrated here a characteristically Neapolitan appearance. Neither of them has the greenish tint in the varnish that one often sees in Gaglianos of this period, but instead... Read more

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A cello by Lorenzo Ventapane

Naples, circa 1850

Lorenzo Ventapane was most likely taught by the Gagliano family. Their influence is evident in this great Neapolitan maker’s work and his output is amongst the most important of this... read more

A cello by Lorenzo Ventapane

Naples, circa 1850

Lorenzo Ventapane was most likely taught by the Gagliano family. Their influence is evident in this great Neapolitan maker’s work and his output is amongst the most important of this school. His cellos are rare and highly sought after. This example is in excellent playing order and does not disappoint in terms of its sound and colours.

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