One of the most important violins of all time found in Italy

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One of the most important violins of all time found in Italy

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The found violin was shown by Italian police.

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Italy recovered an important violin, made in 1861 by the luthier Giuseppe Roca and worth $ 380,000, two decades after its theft, the Carabineros Heritage Protection unit reported Friday, which conducted an investigation.

The instrument, owned by the Italian State, has been returned to the Conservatory of Palermo, the Sicilian capital (south).

It is, according to a statement from the Carabinieri, “one of the most important because of its high historical value”, because it is from the same year in which the Unification of Italy was declared, and also because of artistic and economic factors its. , worth 380 One thousand dollars.

The legendary instrument is worth 380 thousand dollars.

The legendary instrument is worth 380 thousand dollars.

Although the instrument was stolen in the late 90s of last century, it was only in 2012 that the first complaint was filed by the director of the Conservatory, indicating the opening of the investigation that has now been successfully completed.

“The first thing I did, after assuming being a director in 2012, was to denounce the loss of a large number of important instruments in history,” explained the director of the “Alessandro Scarlatti” Conservatory, Daniele Ficola, at the return ceremony .

The lengthy investigation allowed to partially reconstruct the stages after the theft and it is known that in 2007 it was sold between private parties in Germany.

The instrument was stolen decades ago and recovered in 2020.

The instrument was stolen decades ago and recovered in 2020.

However, in 2020 a violinist was found and arrested passing through Palermo.

After some legal disputes and the confirmation by international experts in this field the stolen violin, now this masterpiece of the valued Piedmontese luthier has finally been restored.

“There is no doubt that it is one of the most important musical instruments of allwith a fine one-piece spruce soundboard, with a gradual narrow grain from left to right, and a piece of maple in the back, with significant horizontal flaming ”, explained the unit in charge of the investigation.

The instrument has several writings pointing to Giuseppe Rocca (1803-1865) as its creator as well as labels commemorating the various awards it received, such as the medal at the Turin (north) Exposition in 1844 and Genoa Exposition in 1846.

“We will put in place a security system to ensure that these types of incidents do not recur,” Conservatory president Mario Barbagallo announced, thanking the work carried out over the years by the Carabineros and the Palermo Prosecutor’s Office.

Source: Clarin

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