Description: this violin is a fine old Italian instrument, the work of Giuseppe Baldantoni of Ancona. It dates from c.1810. It is a fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.
Measurements: 35.2cm in length of body, with widths of 16.3cm and 19.8cm.
Violin maker: Baldantoni, Giuseppe. Born 1784, died 1873 Ancona Italy. Influenced by the violinist Nappi, and the treatise by Bagatella. Large Stradivari-derived model. Small corners and very flat arching. Soundholes set very upright and close to the edges. Striking scroll with neat and concentric volute, but very broad across the front face and pegbox. Fine red-brown varnish, if a little thin, with good ground. Double basses highly regarded. Joseph Baldantonj / Anconae fecit Anno 1856 Josephus Baldantonus / Anconiae fecit Anno 1839 Joseph Baldantoni / Anconae Ancona 1809. [John Dilworth]
The loan of the Baldantoni violin from Harrison Frank Foundation has truly enriched my career. This violin has a very distinctive mellow voice, and I am continuously discovering more and more beautiful colours in the sound as I develop my relationship with this instrument. The assistance of this loan is absolutely invaluable. While providing me with a wonderful instrument at the beginning stage of my young professional life, it gives me the time necessary to eventually settle on an instrument of my own. I am so very grateful!
Yu-Mien Sun, April 2018