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The Story of Dom Nicolaus Amati

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

Dom Nicolaus Amati: a fine and unique violin maker, to be sure. But was he an Amati? No. Who was he really then, and why the Amati name?

Dom Nicolaus Amati is none other than Nicola Marchioni, born in 1662 in Bologna. He entered the priesthood in 1687 and was also a violin maker, though historians don’t know who trained him. He pursued these two careers simultaneously.… Read More

Skinner Presents Exceptional Violins, Double Basses and More at April 13 Auction of Fine Musical Instruments

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 17, 2014Skinner, Inc., the only American auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its spring auction of Fine Musical Instruments on April 13, highlighted by the offering of a fine Italian violin, circa 1740, by Dom Nicolaus Amati. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from notable makers such as Landolphi, Gragnani, Rovatti, Baldoni, and De March as well as a selection of fine bows from Peccatte, Hill, and others.… Read More

Musical Instrument Consignment Day in Boston

Sold for $168,000, Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate

Meet with Skinner Fine Musical Instrument specialists for a complimentary verbal assessment of your stringed or fretted  instruments. Department Director, Jill Arbetter and nationally recognized specialist, Horst Kloss will be holding a consignment day in our Boston Gallery.

These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, although we strongly recommend booking an appointment in advance.… Read More

Musical Instrument Consignment Days in California

Sold for $168,000, Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate

Meet with Skinner Fine Musical Instrument specialists for a complimentary verbal assessment of your stringed or fretted  instruments. Department Director, Jill Arbetter and nationally recognized specialist, Horst Kloss will be holding consignment days throughout California.

These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, although we strongly recommend booking an appointment in advance.

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A Well-loved Gagliano Violin Brings $168,000 at Auction

As a violin-maker, I automatically think of the Gagliano family whenever I think of Naples, Italy. Beginning as far back as 1640 with Alessandro Gagliano and ending with Vincenzo Gagliano in the early 1900s, the family produced a remarkable number of fine violins, violas, and cellos. The most prominent personalities of the family, Alessandro, Nicolaus, and Gennaro, emerge in the more important works that bear the Gagliano label.

Meet the Experts: Horst Kloss, Master Luthier and Fine Musical Instruments Specialist

Expert appraisers work together at Skinner auction house to find, appraise, and research rare, beautiful, and historically important items. In the Meet the Experts blog series, we meet some of these experts and learn the stories behind their success.

How did you first become interested in musical instruments?

I was fortunate to grow up in the culturally rich environment of Mittenwald, Germany. The name of the town translates to “in the middle of the forest” and indeed, forests of spruce and maple surround the area and help support a tradition of violin-making that goes back to the 16th and 17th centuries.… Read More

Skinner Presents Exceptional Stringed Instruments and More on November 24

Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate (Lot 33, Estimate $120,000- $140,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 4, 2013Skinner, Inc., the only auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its fall auction of Fine Musical Instruments on November 24, highlighted by the offering of a fine Pressenda violin. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from famed makers such as Gagliano, Rocca, Bisiach, Gadda, and Lucci, as well as a selection of fine bows.… Read More

The Piedmont School of Violin-Making

From the Guadagninis to Pressenda and Rocca

When you think of Piedmont, Italy the first thing that comes to mind is most likely wine. Yes, Piedmont is a wine region, but it was also home to an important tradition of violin-making. The Piedmont school can be divided into three distinct periods, beginning in 1630 with the most important maker of his time: Chioffredo Cappa.

The Guadagnini family dominates the second period. Giovanni Battista Guadagnini arrived in the region in 1771 and introduced violin-making in the Lombard manner.… Read More

The Story of a Fine Pressenda Violin

Giovanni Francesco Pressenda was perhaps the most important Italian violin maker of the 19th century and certainly is considered among the very best of the Turin school. He entered the field shortly after the Guadagnini family brought violin making to the very highest level, and picked up a thorough understanding of this knowledge.

After apprenticeships with several French violin makers, including Leté-Pillement, he established his own firm in Turin in 1820, the same year that this instrument was made.… Read More

Horst Kloss Appointed as Fine Musical Instrument Specialist

Veteran luthier brings more than four decades of authentication & appraisal experience

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – August 28, 2013 – Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers is pleased to announce the appointment of Horst Kloss to its Fine Musical Instruments department in the role of specialist. Kloss will, in partnership with Jill Arbetter, department director pro tem, source, authenticate, and appraise fine stringed instruments, bows, and fretted instruments for presentation in Skinner Fine Musical Instruments auctions.… Read More