Tomasso Balestrieri

(c. 1735 - 1790)
BALESTRIERI, Tomasso Born circa. 1735, d.c.1790 Mantua Italy. Referred to himself on his labels as Cremonese, but to date no record of him has been found in the city. The likelihood is that he was born in one of the villages between Cremona and Mantua. The leading maker in Mantua, following Pietro Guarneri, Antonio Zanotti, and his presumed teacher Camillo Camilli. Early work has a Camilli-like rotundity and lightness, but through the greater part of his career worked in a slightly coarsened Cremonese style, with an authentic technique acquired through Camilli from Guarneri. A bold flat-arched Stradivarian model with a powerful sound, but substituting the great Cremonese varnish with a slightly harder recipe, tending towards a greenish golden-brown. Open scroll with small chamfer, recalling Storioni. Thomas Balestrieri / Cremonensis / Fecit Mantuae anno 1751

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