Sergio Peresson, Haddonfield 1983

Sergio Peresson was born in the Italian city of Udine in 1913 and made his first instruments there before moving to Caracas, Venezuela in 1947. In 1963, he moved to Philadelphia and began working with William Moennig & Son, one of the largest and most well-respected dealers in the country at the time. This violin, a Guarneri inspired model, is a very fine example of Peresson’s work. It has a beautiful yellow-orange varnish. The top is made from two pieces of broadly grained spruce. The back of the instrument is made from a single piece of medium flamed maple that is shaded to a lighter amber color. It is branded “S. Peresson” on the interior above the label. This violin was played by a professional musician in the Washington, DC area, who enjoyed its rich, colorful sound for many years.