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Riccardo and Romeo Antoniazzi

The importance of the three Antoniazzis - Gaetano, Riccardo and Romeo - in late 19th- and early 20th-century Italian violin making cannot be overstated. With the advent of their unique style, Milan became the capital of violin making in Italy, where excellent craftsmen learned their skill and passed it on to their pupils in numbers unprecedented since 17th-century Cremona.

Riccardo, the elder violin making son of Gaetano, was born in Cremona in 1853, when his father may well have already been assisting Giuseppe and Enrico Ceruti. His childhood and early youth were marked by the family's constant moves, no doubt precipitated by the financial hardships facing Gaetano, a fine violin maker who was nevertheless forced by circumstances to undertake other odd jobs in woodworking.

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