About the maker
The great connoisseur and collector of violins, Count Alessandro Cozio Salabue, quoted in his notes the Marche maker Giuseppe Odoardi. Not surprisingly, together with those of Mariani, Pallotta and Postacchini, his instruments are judged to be among the masterpieces of the Marche region.
The volume The Makers of Central Italy by Florian Leonhard report many previously unpublished information on makers from the Marche and Umbria regions, like Odoardi. Giuseppe Odoardi was born in 1746 into a farming family in Poggio di Bretta in the current province of Ascoli Piceno. He was also a self-taught maker like most of the luthiers in the Marche region, devoting himself in the beginning to repairing and making instruments for his local community, mainly farmers and artisans. There is evidence of the fame of his instruments even among professional musicians present in this Italian region during his lifetime. Unfortunately, there is no precise date or place for his death; he probably died in Poggio di Bretta around 1786.
Leonhard Florian, The Makers of Central Italy. Cremona: Edizioni Novecento, 2011.
Odoardi had been a prolific maker during his short life and for sure can be argued as the finest violin maker in the Marche region during his lifetime. His instruments are individualistic in style, with his scrolls having an idiosyncratic style featuring a high forehead crowning the very symmetrically carved volute and the hooked last turn into the eye. The “whites” of the purfling material are often of a highly reflecting yellowish-creamy appearance, which pronounce the well flowing outline. More details in The Makers of Central Italy by Leonhard Florian.