- Eric Blot
Italian family of violin makers . Gaetano Antoniazzi ( b Cremona, Aug 7, 1825; d Milan, Aug 1, 1897 ) probably learnt his craft in the Ceruti workshop in Cremona before establishing himself in Milan in 1870. It is only from this date until about 1890 that we find instruments signed by him. He also worked along with his sons for Leandro Bisiach. His work is good, original and spontaneous, but not always very careful. The varnish is yellow-brown or sometimes red-brown in colour. His labels were generally handwritten.
Riccardo Antoniazzi (b Cremona, 19 Dec 1853; d Milan, 10 Nov 1912), the sixth child and pupil of Gaetano, was the ablest and most consistent violin maker of his family. Unfortunately he lived somewhat in the shadow of Leandro Bisiach and he did not sign many of the instruments from his best period. His instruments can be divided into three periods: from his apprenticeship and early development until about ...