Violin by Giulio Degani, Venice, circa 1900

Violin by Giulio Degani, Venice, circa 1900

About Giulio Ettore Degani

Giulio Degani learn violin making with his father, Eugenio. Degani senior is widely credited with the revival of the Venetian school: Giulio worked for him from a young age and then took over the workshop following his father's death in 1901. The instruments from this time show the influence of his father in their championing of the earlier Venetian models.

Famously, Giulio Degani left Venice in 1915, emigrating to the USA. He worked for the Wurlitzer firm in New York before setting up on his own. He retired in 1952, having made a major impact on the development of violin making in the United States.

About the violin

This violin was made in Venice circa 1900 and is a good and characteristic example of Degani's work. The model shows the influence of Pietro Guarneri of Venice in its rounded bouts and short corners.

The violin has a two piece back of quarter-sawn maple with the flame descending from the centre joint. The ribs and scroll are of similar wood. The front is two pieces of fairly narrow-grained spruce and the varnish is amber-brown in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 356 mm.

How does it sound?

This Degani is the epitome of a brilliant-sounding violin! It is extremely quick to respond with the lightest of touch and has a wonderful combination of clarity and warmth. The violin is both completely predicable and reliable, yet inspiring in the way that it prompts the player to find new sounds.

It’s hard to believe that this is such a modern violin - both the look and sound make it feel like a far more expensive and mature classical Italian gem.


The violin is in very good condition.


The violin comes with the 2021 certificate of Dmitry Gindin.

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