Son of Alessandro Gagliano and brother of Nicolò, Gennaro Gagliano belongs to the second generation of violin makers in the Gagliano family and is regarded as possibly the best and most versatile craftsman of the illustrious family. Both Nicolò and Gennaro contribute to the evolution of the Neapolitan style. A very gifted violin maker, Gennaro Gagliano appeared not to have inherited the individuality of his father, and turned instead to the model of Stradivari and Amati for his inspiration with perfectly realised archings. Gennaro tended to use a warm red colour for the varnish and preferred spruce with very strongly marked grain for the table. Gennaro Gagliano’s violins are much sought-after concert instruments, favored by accomplished soloists and top orchestras of the west and savvy collectors of all time.
This violin was made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1750 at the height of his career. The choice of materials is outstanding, and the details of craftsmanship are meticulous. It is in a fairly good condition with the original varnish of a warm red orange colour, rendering it one of the most precious pieces of Gennaro Gagliano. It is also highly prized for its superb playing quality with a brilliant tone and a noble feel.
The Wurlitzer Co. bought this Gennaro Gagliano violin from Hart & Son in the U.K. in 1924, and Beno Rabinoff purchased the violin from Wurlitzer in 1927. Wurlitzer was then the most authoritative violin company in the U.S., where Charles Beare has spent time working and studying. The esteemed American violinist Beno Rabinoff was the last of Leopold Auer's famous students, who also included Efrem Zimbalist, Mischa Elman, and Jascha Heifetz.