Among the violin makers of the Milanese School the members of the Testore family were the most prolific practicing their trade for three generations. Active from 1690 to about 1720 Carlo Giuseppe Testore was the patriarch of the family and is considered among connoisseurs as the most skilled. His varnish was of a very high quality and varied from a pale yellow to a rich red-brown. Revered for the tonal quality of his violins his cellos are especially coveted and rival the work of his master Giovanni Grancino.
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