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About the maker

Andrea Postacchini is considered the Stradivari of Marche region; whose instruments are among the best examples of this regional Italian school.

The history

Andrea Postacchini, like most luthiers in the Marche, was self-taught, and there is no evidence of contact with other contemporary makers active in the region that he could have studied with. Andrea Postacchini was born in 1781 in Fermo, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, into a family of wealthy farmers. After his father’s death, he was oriented towards an ecclesiastical career, during which he probably approached violinmaking. However, once he was forced to leave orders at the age of 28, he steadily devoted himself to constructing bowed and plucked instruments, making his best instruments. He was also known as a bowmaker and restorer. There is evidence of his participation in exhibitions, such as the one of arts and crafts that took place in Florence in 1861. Andrea died in Fermo in 1862 and had no heirs to his art, apart from the attested collaboration for a time of his son Raffaele, before the latter took religious vows.


Leonhard Florian, The Makers of Central Italy. Cremona: Edizioni Novecento, 2011.

Consistent quirks

Andrea Postacchini’s production is uneven; his first production differs significantly from his later work, representing his best period. This led to the assumption in the past that we were even dealing with two different luthiers. Instead, his work is the result of a self-taught apprenticeship, based on analysis and observation of instruments that came to hand and supported by his great manual skill in woodworking. From c 1830 to 1840 he changed his style in a way where one can still see some traits of his earlier period but towards the end of that decade his style has become the precise, refined style that he continued with until the end of his career. His f holes moved further apart allowing more space between the top holes and often extremely close to the C’s.

Postacchini intuitively created well-functioning archings that were neither too high, nor pinched nor too widely channelled, which allows for a well-balanced and projecting sound. He produced several smaller proportioned instruments which don’t have the projection of his slightly larger instruments.

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