Vintage Italian Mandolin by Ermelinda Silvestri
Interior label reads:
"Fabbrica Strumenti Musicali Artistici Ermelinda Silvestri Ditta Fondata Nel 1891 Catania Italia"
This Sicilian mandolin, which was crafted in Catania early 20th century, is an outstanding example of the art of Italian instrument making.
The rich ornamentation includes finely engraved mother-of-pearl intarsia of the rosette.
Mother-of-pearl patterns in the binding along the edges of the top and the mother-of-pearl inlay along the entire fingerboard all contribute to the lustrous aesthetic of this mandolin.
The back, crafted out of 12 pieces of wood, forms an attractive sunset/sunrise design; the top, made of moderately- to finely-grained spruce, indicates that the instrument’s maker had a well-honed sensitivity to the material and the harmonious lines of the grain.
This exceptionally lovely mandolin hails from the Ermelinda Silvestri atelier, a highly regarded business that was founded in the Sicilian city of Catania but had already expanded to Rome by 1900.
In light of the international success that the stringed instruments from this workshop enjoyed, it is astounding that so little is known about their history.
In addition to mandolins, Silvestri guitars are very sought after nowadays, especially by collectors.
Since coming to us it has now been meticulously restored and made ready to play.
The mandolin’s many compelling features include its outstanding playing characteristics and a bright, large, and open sound, rich in the finest Italian character.
This Mandolin is priced with a Hard case. It is available to purchase instore or online and we will ship it put to you free of charge.