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Giovanni Grancino violin, Milan circa 1715
Catalog ID: C-2110

From one of the most esteemed Italian violin making families of the early 18th century, Giovanni Battista Grancino II (1673–1723) was also one of the most notorious. Grancino studied violin making with his father, Giovanni Grancino I (1637–1709), considered the foremost maker of the early Milanese school. After a fatal duel with the rival violin maker Antonio Maria Lavazza in 1708, the younger Grancino was banished from Milan, but continued building instruments elsewhere with his father's label. The intrigue of Grancino's violins has inspired several works of 20th century fiction, and his instruments are very highly sought after by top players and collectors.

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