Lorenzo Ventapane, Naples c. 1800
This violin is a beautiful Guarneri inspired model with a dark orange brown varnish. The back is made from one piece of quarter cut maple with light artificial flame. The top is made from two pieces of spruce with medium to broad flame. The violin is labeled “Lorenzo Ventapane / Fecit Napoli 1807”. It is to be sold with certificates from John & Arthur Beare (1913) and Paul Voigt (1958) and with appraisals from William Moennig & Son (1976, 1984, and 1989). The violin possesses a broad, rich, and colorful tone. In keeping with the late Guarneri models, this instrument shows that the maker was focused on achieving the best acoustic quality possible with less attention given to aesthetic details.
Inventory #: 111/14