Goffredo Cappa was an early maker of the Turin school, working in a style influenced by Amati. The strong personality of Cappa’s craftmanship is unique and shows some evolution in style.
In Cappa’s early work the ribs are set into the back in the style popular with Dutch and Flemish makers of the period. His later work shows a marked Cremonese influence with distinctive sloping sound holes and a soft brown/red but lightly textured varnish.
Goffredo Cappa has become the best known of the early Piedmonte makers.
This elegant violin is a classic example of Cappa’s work. The handsome one-piece maple back has a sublime narrow flame. The front is made of two pieces of spruce with a delicate fine grain. The varnish has a beautiful light golden-red colour. The outline form is slender and the breast is full, producing a fine depth of tone.