Fiorini Musical Instruments
Fiorini Musical Instruments are antique musical instruments made by the Italian craftsman Giuseppe Fiorini.
Brief history and description
Giuseppe Fiorini is regarded as one of the most successful Italian violin makers in history. He was born in Bazzano, Emilia-Romagna in 1861, and died in Munich in 1934 when he was 73 years old.
He built his first instrument at the tender age of 15, and he studied violin making with his father (who was also a violin maker) in Bologna, only to eventually set up his own instrument workshop in Italy before moving to Munich to start the firm "Rieger and Fiorini."
He is also one of the founders of the German Violin-Makers' Society and served as the President for several years. During his lifetime, he performed for the Italian Royal Family, and by 1926 he had built approximately 500 violins, 10 violas and 10 cellos.
He was awarded with a prize at the Milano Exhibition of 1888 and also received a "Gran medaglia d'oro" at the International Music Exhibition of Bologna. Some of his many pupils include Simone Fernando Sacconi, Ansaldo Poggi, Pietro Messori and Paolo Morara.
Guide for collectors
In recent years the average price of authentic Fiorini violins that were sold at auctions tended to be between $10,000 and $36,000 USD. Due to the fact that Fiorini only built approximately 500 violins during his lifetime, it is not uncommon for Fiorini violins to cost somewhere around $60,000 given that he is considered to be one of the best violin makers in musical history. Because of this, if you own an authentic Fiorini violin restoration is not recommended.
If you currently own a Fiorini violin and it has a serial number, try contacting the Mittenwald Geigenbauschule (www.instrumentenbauschule.eu) in order to obtain more information about your violin. It may also be a good idea to contact a certified violin appraiser and insure your authentic Fiorini violin as well.
The German Violin Makers Guild (VDG), one of the oldest associations of European violin making, also has information on Fiorini's work (as he became the founding member in 1904).
Notable auction sales
Bonhams in London sold an 1897 Fiorini violin in March of 2011 at a world-record price of £72,000, and in October of 2011 a 1919 Fiorini violin was sold at the Brompton's Auction in London for £60,000.
Brompton's also sold:
- one 1879 Fiorini violin for £36,000 in 2006
- an 1892 violin for £25,300 in 1999
- a 1921 violin for £23,000 in 1996
- a 1922 violin for £32,700 in 2001, and another 1922 violin for £29,099 in 2006
- a 1923 violin for £15,275 in 2002
- a 1924 violin for £21,850 in 1995
Skinner in Massachusetts sold a 1924 Fiorini violin for $27,000 in October of 2007, and another 1924 Fiorini violin for $21,000 in May of 2009. Sotheby's in London sold a 1934 Fiorini violin for £36,000 in July of 2006.
Also, in November of 2002, a 1923 Fiorini violin was sold at Christie's in London for $15,275, and in March of 1995 Sotheby's in London sold a 1924 Fiorini violin at $34,523.
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