Sicilian violin made in the 1920's by the firm G Puglisi Reale & Figli.
This firm was set up in the late part of the 17th century by Luthier Guiseppe Puglisi, who was born in the southern city of Catania in 1852
& subsequently taken over by his son Michelangelo, an active violin maker, who after his father's death became the director of the firm.
Prolific makers of violins, mandolins, guitars & cellos, they became one of the largest Italian factories for the manufacture of bowed and plucked instruments.
They are now found throughout the world, all containing the family emblem, Formica (the ant).
These instruments should also be viewed in the context of the political and social economic times in which they were made.
Fascism had recently taken hold, and poverty was a major issue during this decade.
All of this made it more remarkable that a firm of this size flourished during these decades.
The G Puglisi Reale & Figli workshop was destroyed in the bombardment of 1943, bringing to an end this firm's history.
The instrument that we are fortunate to have in our showroom, features highly flamed one-piece maple back & sides,
wide-grain spruce top with unique purfling, has orange-red varnish & is fitted with Pirastro Obligato strings.
Upper Bouts: 16.7 cms
Middle Bouts: 10.9 cms
Lower Bouts: 20.5cms
Body Length: 35.4 cms
Puglisi Reale Fecit Catania, Italia
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