Violin by Giovanni Gaida, Ivrea, 1900

Giovanni Gaida (1862-1939) began working in France before moving to London from 1890, then returning to Ivrea 1895-1904 where his sons Silvio and Cesare were born. Back in London he worked for the Stainer Manufacturing Co., and then for F. W. Chanot before establishing his own workshop in Castle Street, Long Acre. His work is very fine, based on classical models with rich shaded varnish.


INSTRUMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Label:

Gaida Giovanni
Fabbricatore d'instrumenti ad arco
G. G. (handwritten) IVREA 1900 (0 handwritten)

Further details:

  • Two-piece back

  • Copy of the Sainton Guarneri del Gesu

  • Fingerboard number: 4428

Measurements:

  • String length: 328mm

  • Length of back: 357mm

  • Upper / lower bout: 169mm / 208mm

Varnish description: Dark golden red-brown