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Violin by Fabio Chiari Florence 2015


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The one-piece back cut on the three-quarter slab of maple of irregular fine quilted curl descending across the back from the bass down towards the treble flank. The ribs, pegbox and scroll similar. The front in two pieces of spruce of broad grain.

The varnish of warm orange-brown colour on a yellow ground. Labelled internally ‘Fabio Chiari Liutaio, ha fatto “ex arte” in Firenze anno 2015’ signed in ink.

Length of back- 361mm

Width upper bout- 166mm

Width middle bout- 111mm

Width lower bout- 202mm

With makers original certificate.

Fabio Chiari was born in Florence on 21st April 1959. He has got artistic qualities developed in the family (his grandfather was a musician, his uncle was a painter) and frequented cultural circles, showing as a painter and graphics. He became a pupil of Master Paolo Vettori in Florence and fast started to his laboratory in his house in Sesto Fiorentino. Since that moment he had produced violas, violins and cellos, that sells in al the world. His violin Making is not heretical: his philosophy of working is connected to the classical Italian violin making.

He disagrees with the today’s interpretation which gives the most value to the commercial aspect than to the artistic on and which kill the handcrafted spirit that animated the Great Masters. He prefers to value woods, models and varnishes that now are disappeared from international trade and that, in the past, were used by Great Masters. Enrolled to the Association of Professional Violin Makers of Cremona (A.L.I.), he had participated in international violin making show ’s, known from Tokyo to Francoforte, from Cremona to Montreal. His models come from original models (Carlo Bisiach’s), with his exclusive and always different woods. He felled tree by himself and only in Tuscany or Italy, and, after, works and transforms them. For the varnishes he uses only natural resins of ancient recipes (of Sixteen and Seventeen century).

He always gives a certificate in which he writes age seasoning, place, species of the wood and varnishes used. His job is valued by his desire to discover the ancient knowledge. About the sound of his instruments, he always obtained compliments by everyone has bought, used or only tried them.

He published four books about the research and study on ancient luthiery and he contributed to the rediscovery of the traditional woods: “Una proposta alternativa, una sfida per il futuro” (A different proposal, a challenge for the future, with Giuliano Merlini, 2005), “Gli alberi della liuteria toscana classica” (“The trees of the classical tuscan luthiery”, with Francesco Algieri, 2006), “La ricostruzione degli strumenti musicali medievali (X – XIV Sec.)” (“The reconstruction of medieval musical instruments (X – XIV Centuries)”, 2008), “L’influenza del carattere e della cultura toscani nell’evoluzione della liuteria classica e moderna” (“The influence of tuscan character and culture in the evolution of modern and classical violin-making”, with Roberto Montagna, 2013). He also published several articles on international journals. In 2014 he founded in Sesto Fiorentino the School of Tuscan Luthiery “Fernando Ferroni”, and he received immediately a great request of inscriptions. He lives and works in Florence, in his private laboratory and in the school, where he has a great quantity of wood coming from Tuscany, that he has personally felled and seasoned.

Additional information

Weight3.2 kg
Dimensions83.5 × 31 × 19 cm


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