This is a Guarneri model French violin of the Francois Fent School. c. 1825 labeled Thomas Balestrieri Fecit Mantuӕ Anno 1772.
The two-piece maple back of narrow curl ascending from the center joint, the ribs and head of plain maple, the two-piece spruce top of even medium grain, the varnish is a shaded reddish brown color over a tawny gold ground.
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