Violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1755

Object type
The attractive back is made from two slab-cut pieces, the contrasting ribs are made from quarter-cut figured maple. The head is made from plain oppio; a locally-grown maple frequently used by Neapolitan and sometimes used by Cremonese makers. The front is made from two matching wedges of quarter-cut spruce. The linings as well as the inside strip of the elegent purfling are are made from beech. The outer black purfling strips appear to be a fibrous, paper-like material.

The violin is coated with a thin layer of yellow translucent varnish. A modern neck is grafted to the original head and all fittings are modern.
Date made
maple, spruce, ebony
Object type
Type Length Width Height Diameter Unit (length)
Stop 193 mm
Neck 131 mm
Back 352 mm
Upper Bout 164.5 mm
Middle Bout 116 mm
Lower Bout 206 mm
Back (with caliper) 351 mm
Upper Bout (with caliper) 164 mm
Middle Bout (with caliper) 113 mm
Lower Bout (with caliper) 205 mm
Total String Length 328 mm
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