Paolo Antonio Testore

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Paolo Antonio Testore (born 1700 - died 1767) was a Milanese luthier. He was born in Milan, the second son of Carlo Giuseppe Testore, also a noted luthier, and worked out of the family's workshop under the "Sign of the Eagle" on Contrada Larga in Milan. He was one of the three finest instrument-makers from the Testore family, but a distinctive characteristic of Paolo Antonio's work is that he often omitted purfling and sometimes used lower quality wood.[1]

Testore's brother Carlo Antonio Testore was also a luthier, and their sons Giovanni, son of Carlo, and Gennaro(?), son of Paolo, continued the family business in Milan during the 1760s.[2]


  1. ^ "Paolo Antonio Testore Cello, 1741 Milan" (PDF). The Robertson Collection. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ von Lütgendorff, Willibald Leo Freiherr (1922). Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart (2 volumes). pp. 508–09.