Posted by Dimitri Lazarescu on January 07, 2003 at 21:57:06:
In Reply to: Petrus Guarnerius Violin posted by Jonathan W Donofrio on November 30, 2002 at 15:50:40:
: I own a violin with a label that states, "Petru Guarnerius Cremonensis Silius Andreae Fecit Mantuae sub tit Sanctae Teresiae 16." It is a very old instrument but has a remarkable tone to it! It is my understanding that a label doesn't necessarily mean it is an authentic instrument. If someone knows anything about this particular label, please respond. Thanks.
Jonathan, I also own a very old violin labeled "Petrus Guarnerius Cremonae fecit Mantue sub tit Sanctis Serafin 1695" However my violin, despite its age (and holding very well in Arizona) is made in Bohemia. It's clearly of Bohemian make, with thin double purflings and a red-brown varnish. It's a very sweet sounding instrument and I have been told by a luthier that the label seems genuine. Perhaps some genuine labels found their way to Bohemia, perhaps a student in violin-making studying with Petrus Guarnerius 'appropriated' a few of his master's labels. I am still researching it. Feel free to e-mail me anytime. DL
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