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date: 22 November 2019

Gaggini, Pierre locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius
  • , revised by Philip J. Kass


(b Nice, France, July 19, 1903; d Nice, Oct 31, 2005). French violin maker. After studying with his uncle, Albert Louis Blanchi (1871–1942), he set up independently in Nice in 1934 and attracted a strong following, especially in France. He won awards at many exhibitions, including those at Brussels (1935), Paris (1937), The Hague (1949), Paris (1955), Rome (1956), and Liège (1957). In 1955 was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France. He retired in 1980. Gaggini’s craftsmanship was of the highest order and his choice of material excellent. His attractive varnish varies from golden yellow to orange and orange-red. His instruments follow a personal model inspired by Stradivari, the soundholes following a fixed pattern—gracefully curved and slightly inclined—regardless of the instrument or model. In addition to being labelled, his instruments are also branded ‘P. GAGGINI-NICE’ and numbered on the interior back. His bows have the same stamp; these were actually made by various bow makers and only finished by Gaggini in a personal style....

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