The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1)
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The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia.
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The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1) The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1) The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1) The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1) The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia. (1)
The Ex-Piozzi-Marquis-Doria Volckaert Maggini. An important Italian Violin circa 1700 ascribed to G.P.Maggini,Brescia.
Labelled Gio. Paolo Maggini in Brescia Length of back 368, 173, 217mm (14 1/2in) the sinuous double purfling on both plates resolving on the one piece back, in tulip inlay decoration, the table of mostly medium grain, the varnish of an aged brown red colour. (1)

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  • Gabriel M. Piozzi (1741-1809) was an Italian musician and composer living and working in England, who in July 1784 married Hester Lynch Thrale (nee Salusbury). This lady had been married (1763) to a successful brewer and MP who died in 1781 and during all of this first marriage she had been well-acquainted with the eminient scholar and man of letters, Dr.Samuel Johnson,(1709-1784).

    The above second marriage to Piozzi was much disapproved of by Dr.Johnson and he died shortly after it took place, Hester having sojourned with Piozzi in Italy until 1784, Dr.Johnson no longer able or willing to "Try to forget our cares and our maladies and contribute to the cheerfulness of each other" as recalled by his magisterial biographer James Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck (1740-1795).

    W.E.Hill & Sons, London state in their related letter to Mr.Werro dated October 26 1945:..."They subsequently went to reside in Italy and it was then, no doubt, that Piozzi sold his instruments to the Marquis Doria, who had a choice collection of instruments by the great Italian makers. It was from his son, the young Marquis Doria that the violin, now known as "The Piozzi"...was purchased by my late partner Mr. Alfred Hill, in the latter part of the last century. Then sold to Mr. Bevan of Sevenoaks, then acquired by Mr. Bennett, the noted Collector, sometime owner of the "Le Messie", then acquired by Hill again and sold to Mr.E.A.Sandeman, the well known importer of Spanish wines, then acquired again by Hill"...

    A later letter from Hill to Mademoiselle Volckaert signed and dated 22 November 1977 states, inter alia;..."Having said all this...I now confirm that the violin you showed me was the Maggini known as the Piozzi"...

    The Discographie D'Edith Volckaert (1949-1992) is listed in the illustrated memoir of the above soloist by Noelle Lans; Edith Volckaert, Vivace Finale, a copy of the above is included with this lot. See YouTube 'Edith Volckaert'. This Violin has been in recent professional use by the noted Belgian violinist Stephanie de Failly.

    Offered with many other related letters from interested parties and a related Dendrochronological Report dated 4 May 2012 by Peter Ratcliff noting table dates of 1671 bass and 1669 treble and comparing the above with similar dendro characteristics found on the "Dumas ex-Segelman" and the "Reynolds" Maggini Violins. (Dumas and Reynolds data courtesy of Mr. John Topham).
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