An Early 20th Century Turinese Violin, Possibly Luigi Azzola.
An early 20th century Italian violin of undoubtedly Turinese workmanship, without a label but attributed to and possibly by Luigi Azzola (1883-1956). Though Azzola’s background in training remains mysterious, if not nebulous, he is generally considered to be a follower of Aanibale Fagnola and purportedly worked with Annibalotto and Marcello Fagnola after Aanibale’s death in 1937 and through 1944. Until a more definitive attribution and subsequent certification is made, it may be more prudent to refer to this violin as School of Fagnola. Having said that, the violin demonstrates the hallmarks of quality and style one would expect from this school and boasts a powerful voice with that je ne sais pas quoi for which Italian instruments command such adoration and pricing.