Made by Francesco Rugeri in Cremona, around 1680.
Francesco Rugeri lived from 1620-c.-1695. He has been thought to be a pupil of Nicolò Amati but it is more likely that he was merely an influence on Rugeri’s work. His instruments are greatly admired both for their rich, full tone and for the beauty of their appearance.
The back of this lovely violin consists of two pieces of maple with flames of narrow-medium width descending from the centre joint. It’s varnish is of a light orange-brown colour on a golden ground.
The violin Rugeri 1 is a very fine and characteristic example of the maker’s work.