First study of ‘Golden Age’ mandolins unlocks secrets of their beauty

2 diciembre 2014

Analyzing varnishes and decorations could provide a new way to identify mandolin “Old Masters.” Some of the most elaborately decorated instruments in history were produced in 18th century Naples. The materials for varnishes and decorations used by individual mandolin masters, honed for wealthy clients in the ancient city’s labyrinthine artisan quarter, have been kept secret for over 200 years.