About the maker
Emidio Celani represents the typical central Italian luthier, whose self-taught production spread mainly in the surrounding area, and whose customers were primarily members of his rural community–among them peasants, small artisans, and local musicians.
Like his brother Costantino, Emidio Celani was called Il Turco (the Turk) in the town where he was born, Ascoli Piceno, in 1866. Emidio came from a family of farmers, but he also dedicated his life to the making of plucked and bowed instruments. Despite enjoying a relatively short life; he died in 1898, he had the time to make several instruments. Like most luthiers in this region, he was self-taught, devoting himself to both repairing and making instruments.
Leonhard Florian, The Makers of Central Italy. Cremona: Edizioni Novecento, 2011.
A self-taught maker, Emidio Celani’s relatively limited output shows inconsistency in style, quality, and finish. Again, similar to his brother, the varnish work was oftentimes experimental. His violin workmanship shows a lack of fastidiousness when cutting the f holes and inlaying the purfling, which suggests the maker lacked the nerve to attempt a high degree of precision.