Francesco Ruggieri (1620-c. 1695) was the first and greatest of a family of violin makers working at Cremona, Italy. A pupil of Nicolo Amati, he patterned his instruments, with some modifications, after those of that master. Every aspect of the craftsmanship of the instruments, which date from 1655 to 1718, is of the highest quality. The instruments are greatly admired both for their rich, full tone and for the beauty of their appearance. More of his cellos than violins or violas are known.
Rugeri’s most prolific period was the 1670s-80s, and his work at that time follows Amati closely, explaining Rugeri’s occasional practice of using Amati’s labels in his own instruments. Perhaps the largest impact Rugeri made historically was his experimentation with smaller cello models, significantly beforeStradivari and Andrea Guarneri began to move away from the large cello designs typical of the period. As a result, Rugeri’s cellos are very well regarded today. Of the three sons who assisted him, Giovanni Battista, Giacinto, and Vincenzo, Vincenzo alone had individual success as a violin maker
Violin, labeled FRANCESCO RUGGIERI DETTO, IL PER CREMONA 1673, the two-piece back of medium curl, the ribs similar, the scroll of light narrow curl, the top of fine grain, the varnish of a golden brown color. 355 mm. length of back or 14inches…8 inches wide.
Conditon of the Violin is VG condition. One of the keys does not hold. No visible restoration.
Professional Violinst, Nicola Khagek owned this rarity throughout his career and life until his passing. His passport accompanies the Ruggieri for provenance.