Fine Italian violin by Carlo Giuseppe Oddone, Turin, dated 1910
This violin is the work of Carlo Giuseppe Oddone (1866–1935) who entered the violin making trade at a very young age as a pupil of Gioffredo Rinaldi. He then moved to London, where he worked with F.W. Chanot until 1891, finally setting up as an independent maker in Turin in 1892.
This example, from 1910, shows so much of the quality of Oddone’s finest work. The violin has a thick, lustrous varnish of a dark orange color, with a golden ground. The thin purfling stops short of typically squarish corners, and it has consistent channeling and edge profile throughout. The painted scroll chamfers and rib miters, and the clean, precise internal making are typical of the work found throughout Oddone’s career.
The violin is made with a one piece back, showing very pretty figured wood slanting down to the right. The front is of two matched pieces of straight grained spruce with an extremely fine and even growth throughout. The violin is internally labelled with the makers name and date and is numbered 74. The violin also carries the makers brand on the lower ribs, by the bottom block.
The violin has been carefully prepared in our workshops and is presented in stunning condition with a strong but warm, even sound.
Please feel free to contact us at any time to make enquiries about the violin or please pop in to the shop and take the opportunity to put a bow across it.