My Stefano Scarampella violon: Original or copy ?
This is my first post :)
Does this label looks like something you'd see on original Stefano Scarampella violin or a copy of his violin made by someone else?
Ps: sorry I don’t know how post pictures here..
Do you have a photo of the front?
Go to Maestronet, labels are the last thing to look at.
I'm not an expert, but I do know there are a lot of fake Scarampellas around. It's best to have it checked out by someone knowledgeable.
Case length: 356 mm
Statistically the odds are heavily against it being genuine, but I like the scroll and the pattern of wear on the back looks real enough to keep your hopes alive. Only an expert will be able to tell you and they'll need to see it in the flesh
If this is an attic violin from a pro or serious-amateur relative, it's possible it might be genuine. They weren't all that expensive a few decades ago, and an amateur making a good income (doctor, lawyer, etc.) could reasonably afford one. Take it to a big-city high-end violin shop for an identification -- though starting with Maestronet is a good idea.
The reason I asked to see the front of the violin was that I owned a Stefano Scarampella violin from 1954 to 1959 that had been my father's for about 20 years. It did not look anything like the one in these photos.
I am not an expeert on scarampella either, but from the photos I have been able to find on Tarisio, this one isn't close.
I remember one was for sale in Toronto for $30,000.00 CDN back in 1987.It was hanging right beside the Cuypers which I eventually purchased.The Scarampella may as well been 30 million since I was a poor student at the RCM at the time barely existing on $105.00 a week.It was at Jaak Liivoja's shop.Fun times....
The varnish and general workmanship in these pictures are very different from the 2 Scarampellas I've played on for extended periods.
Jean Paul, can you tell us anything about the violin's history or where you bought it? The violin superficially looks to be "fresh" from the attic but it's very clean and the bridge looks new, so is the broken string cunning subterfuge?
Its not a Scarmpella copy at all, its a generic German production violin with a very fake Scarampella label.
Well Peter Ratcliff said it was french, he would know, he's a top expert. That means it is worth more than if it were German, maybe 2-3,000$$
Thank you very much for yours answers!
For those here that do not know Mr.Ratcliff, he does dendrochronology work and by studying the patterns of wood grain uses it to help determine the violins age and provenance.
I was just quoting what Peter said on Maestronet
Ok. I do see the thread on Maestronet but I do not go there much.