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A violin by Francesco Rugeri

Cremona, circa 1680

Francesco Rugeri was Nicolo Amati’s closest rival in 17th century Cremona. This violin, made circa 1680, just before Stradivari became the dominant maker in the city, is built on Amati’s Grand Pattern and combines its generous proportions with a beautifully balanced model. Rugeri’s superb cho... read more

A violin by Francesco Rugeri

Cremona, circa 1680

Francesco Rugeri was Nicolo Amati’s closest rival in 17th century Cremona. This violin, made circa 1680, just before Stradivari became the dominant maker in the city, is built on Amati’s Grand Pattern and combines its generous proportions with a beautifully balanced model. Rugeri’s superb choice of wood for both the front and back is complemented by his trademark transparent golden orange varnish.
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