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Santo Serafin (b 1699; d c1758) , Udine (till 1721), Venice (from 1721)
Santo Serafin moved from his home town to Venice in 1721, although he may have already trained as a violin maker in Udine with Francesco Goffriller. Serafin's earliest labels date from around 1725 but he did not set up his own shop until 1733, so he may well have worked in some of the other Venetian workshops during that period. His work draws much from Amati,  but are not without a recognisably Venetian flair. Serafin is regarded as the most elegant of the great Venetian makers and the accuracy of his work, combined with his use of beautiful wood, make his instruments some of the most physically attractive to emanate from Venice at this time. Serafin's cellos are also extremely well regarded, though not a match for those of his contemporaries, Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller. Serafin retired from the violin makers' guild in 1744, and seems to have made only a few instruments after this date, although he lived for another decade and a half. (excerpted from Four Centuries of Violin Making by Tim Ingles.)
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