Location: Genoa, Italy
Dates: b.1847, d.1915
Author: John Dilworth
ROCCA, Enrico Born 1847 Turin, died 1915 Genoa Italy. Son, pupil, and assistant of Giuseppe Antonio Rocca, below. Moved with his family to Genoa c.1860, where he worked as a carpenter at the docks until 1878. Took up violin making thereafter, using his father’s tools and patterns. Not so successful or prolific as his father, his work is of a slightly lower order generally. Nevertheless he was successful at numerous competitions and exhibitions, all enumerated on his later labels. Most instruments are dated from c.1900. Fine shaded varnish, golden to red-brown. Branded internally. Printed labels: Rocca Enrico fu Giuseppe / Premiato alle Esposizioni / Milano 1881, Arezzo 1882, Torino 1884 / B
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Author: Henri Poidras
Son of Giuseppe Rocca. Interesting modern make. Fine copies of Guarnerius. Good quality gold-yellow varnish.
Author: Karel Jalovec
Genoa, b. Apr. 25. 1847 in Turin, d. June 7, 1915. Son and successor of Joseph. Worked on the pattern of Guarneri and applied a golden-yellow varnish. Skilful violin and mandolin maker. Instruments particularly valued in England.
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