Pietro Pallotta is the finest Umbria’s maker of his time, who produced an impressive output of violins and violas of consistently high quality.
About the maker
Pietro Pallotta was born in Perugia in 1755, the son of a fishmonger who also had a tavern and a shop selling wine during his life. Pietro lived in Perugia all his life until he died in 1830. It was also in Perugia that he met and married his wife, although apparently, the pair bore no children. We have little information about his private life and even less about his activity as a luthier in Perugia. From the labels of his instruments, we know that he had the luthier Giovanni Rossi as his pupil towards the end of his career. Pietro Pallotta is the leading maker of his generation in Umbria.
Leonhard Florian, The Makers of Central Italy. Cremona: Edizioni Novecento, 2011.
As can be seen in many of its instruments, Pallotta’s choice of wood is local maple, sometimes with an interestingly figured wood cut close to the tree’s roots. His soundholes are always neatly executed and rather small in design, and the scrolls often bear the typical rounded-off eye.