Francesco Gobetti [?]

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Francesco Gobetti [?]

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: unknown / Francesco Gobetti [?]

Date: 17th/18th c. [?]

Town: Venice [?]

Country: Italy

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-2, identification no. MKiS XV-C-2

Provenance: bought from Irena Pelzling in Kraków in 1956

Description: old Italian instrument with Cremona school features, possibly built by Francesco Gobetti, famous Venetian maker, student of Stradivari; one-piece spruce belly, two-piece sycamore back; neck and head unoriginal; it has a fake Amati label; produces sound of great nobility characteristic for old Italian instruments, aligned for all strings; requires very subtle and mature playing; masterly instrument; maintenance work by Jan Karoń in 1963, Eugeniusz Gosiewski in 1968, Piotr Kubas in 1969; qualified to be used during the International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition

Inscriptions: fake printed label reads Nicolaus Amati Cremonen. / Hieronym . Fili ae  Antoni / Nepos fecit 1675 [Nicola Amati of Cremona, son of Girolamo and nephew of Antony made in 1675]; handwritten label reading ... [?] Reparirt in Pest 1835

Measurements: body length 357 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 104 mm, lower bout 208 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Tadeusz Gadzina, Robert Kabara (Third Prize at the 1986 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

Robert Kabara, Symphony Orchestra of the State Philharmonic in Poznań, conductor: Jerzy Salwarowski, 1986; S. Prokofiew, Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19; Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań
KIL-2, G.P. Telemann, Fantasia in A minor, TWV 40:25, Presto, rec. Katarzyna Denkiewicz

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