Giovanni Battista Rogeri (c. 1642-1705) is another accomplished violin maker in Brescia of Italy after Maggini. Rogeri was apprenticed to Nicolo Amati in Cremona from 1661. He then moved to settle in Brescia around 1644. Rogeri blended the precision and neatness of Amati with elements from the Brescian school especially the slightly elongated f-holes and C-bouts. His arching and sound holes resemble those of Amati. The wood was chosen with the greatest care from local Italy, and the varnish is very beautiful mostly of a light red or a light brown colour. He reached his peak as a craftsman from about 1690 and was a strong competitor of Antonio Stradivari.
The violin made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in 1677 was completed in the golden period of the master’s career. The materials are splendid, and the details of craftsmanship are delicate. Its playing quality is brilliant and rich in colour and it develops well in a concert hall. It is a violin of rare quality for soloists and one of the major pieces of work of the collection of the Yu Art Foundation.