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date: 15 November 2019

Capela, Antonio locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius

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(b Espinho, Portugal, May 25, 1932). Portuguese violin maker. He studied with his father, Domingos Capela (1904–79), and gained a reputation as one of the leading European violin makers of his time. In 1961, with a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation, he travelled to Paris and Mirecourt to study restoration techniques with Etienne Vatelot and French methods of violin construction with the Morizot brothers. A renewal of this grant enabled Capela to work under the guidance of Pietro Sgarabotto and Fernando Sacconi at the International School of Cremona (1964–6).

Capela’s instruments are meticulously crafted and have won many medals and certificates of merit at international competitions, including those held at Liège (1963), Cremona (1965, 1969), and Poznań (1967, 1972). His violins are mostly patterned after Stradivari or Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ models, the violas after Stradivari or Gasparo da Salò, and the cellos after Stradivari or Montagnana. The varnish, which is unusually lustrous, varies in colour from golden yellow to golden orange-red. Apart from his own labels, many of his instruments bear his father’s printed label, autographed by Antonio Capela. Additionally, some instruments are signed and dated in ink inside the table....

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