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date: 18 November 2019

Platner, Domenico Michele locked

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


(b Rome, Italy, Sept 22, 1684; d Rome, Oct 9, 1752). Roman violin maker. He learned his trade from his father, Albert Platner (b c1643; d Rome, 12 Aug 1713), of Tyrolean origin. Domenico’s instruments bear a strong resemblance to those of David Tecchler, but with a softer and less angular approach. His craftsmanship was excellent, recalling that of Stainer. The soundholes are set slightly lower than normal. The scrolls also resemble those of Tecchler but with a softer character. The varnish ranges from golden yellow to brown, although a hint of orange-red is sometimes seen....

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