He was a pupil of Giovanni Paolo Maggini in Brescia (c.1610–1620) before he moved to Florence in c.1620 where he worked c.1620–1670.
Sianis' instruments have a rather full arching, narrow purfling in very nicely channelled edges, and stiff f-holes. His scrolls show the influence of Maggini.
His work is very rarely met in the trade. He is particularly well known for his violas.
A viola by Valentino Siani is pictured in Italian Violinmakers by Walter Hamma.
- Walter Hamma. Italian Violinmakers.
- William Henley. Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow makers.
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