Ansaldo Poggi (1893-1984) was one of the most distinguished violin makers in the 20th century. Probably the most renowned of Giuseppe Fiorini's students, Poggi wonderfully illustrated the Bolognese style.
Poggi departed from his teacher's style and developed his own more personal touches. Elements such as the scrolls, purfling, f-holes, etc. all bear the personal touches of Poggi. The distinctive ‘Poggi tone’ sets him apart from the other violin makers in the 20th-century Italy. Poggi himself has also mentioned his capacity to control the board thickness and the sound quality. His works are designed for soloists.
The violin made by Ansaldo Poggi in 1945 is a representative piece of the master’s first golden phase. On Oct. 25, 2021, this Poggi violin was sold for €264,000 including fees (hammer price €220,000) at Tarisio, the leading international auction house for fine instruments and bows, breaking the world record for the Poggi violin.