Carlo Antonio Testore

Carlo Antonio Testore (1687–1765) was a Milanese luthier.

Life and careerEdit

Carlo Antonio Testore was born in Milan, the son of Carlo Giuseppe Testore, also a noted luthier, and worked in the family's workshop under the "Sign of the Eagle" on Contrada Larga in Milan. The workmanship and appearance of his instruments is considered rough, but the tonal quality is excellent.[1] One of his basses was owned and played by the noted bassist Giovanni Bottesini. He was prolific, and most active as a luthier from 1715 to 1745. His violincellos are highly prized.[2]

Testore's brother Paolo Antonio Testore was also a luthier, and their sons Giovanni, son of Carlo, and Gennaro(?), son of Paolo, continued the family business in Milan during the 1760s.[3] Jiří Panocha of the Panocha Quartet plays a 1743 violin by Carlo Antonio Testore.[4]


  1. ^ "Violin Price Histories". Violin Advisor. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ The Hawley collection of violins: with a history of their makers. Lyon & Healy. 1904. p. 91.
  3. ^ von Lütgendorff, Willibald Leo Freiherr (1922). Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart (2 volumes). pp. 508–09.
  4. ^ "The Panocha Quartet". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)