Viola 15.25" By Giovanni Battista Gaibisso, 1950
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Violin, viola, cello, and occasional guitar-maker Giovanni Battista Gaibisso was born in Alassio, Italy, on June 24th 1876. Details of his early career and education are scarce, but it is likely his interest in the art of creating instruments began with Pasquale Berardi of Imola, a guitar-maker who lived in Alassio during Gaibisso's early life. He emigrated to South America for a time before returning to Europe and working for violin-maker François Bovis in France. He returned to Alassio and established a workshop of his own in 1923, and participated in numerous competitions in Italy throughout the twentieth century before his death on February 2nd, 1962. His best instruments are generally considered to have been produced between 1925 and 1935, and tend to show a thick red oil varnish over a yellow ground. This viola was produced in 1950, twelve years before his death.
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