Nicolò Gagliano

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Nicolo Gagliano (fl. c. 1740 – 1780, d. Naples 1787) was an Italian violin-maker, the eldest son of Alessandro Gagliano. He made many admirable instruments; often imitated. Some have been mistaken for those of Stradivari. The son of Alessandro Gagliano. Nicola was a more prolific maker than his brother Gennaro. Although his work is less consistent in quality, it often shows great distinction. Nicolo's instruments have bold and well-proportioned archings. Instrument scrolls have a distinctive elongated pegbox and small tight spiral. He often placed a small label with a religious dedication instruments[1]

Typical labels:

Nicolaii Gagliano fecit
in Napoli 1711

Nicolaus Gagliano filius
Alexandri fecit Neap. 1732


  1. ^ Dilworth, John (2012). The Brompton's Book of Violin and Bow Makers. Usk Publishing. ISBN 9780957349902. 

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