(1864 – 1928) is to be considered one of the best Violin makers in the modern Milanese school.
Although his apprenticeship is uncertain, it is known that he completed his training in the workshop of Leandro Bisiach
, finally opening his own shop around 1900 in Milano
He was a good conoisseurs of Italian violin making and a gifted copyist as well.
Celeste, after an accident during a mountain trip, stopped his work and the shop activity was continued by the nephew Celestino Farotto (born 1905), till his death.
Celeste Farotti is one of the most interesting and talked about Italian violin makers of the early 20th century.
There is sometimes an air of mystery surrounding his work and there are indeed many legends about him, just as there are about most of the violin makers who made many "copies" of instruments which were made to look old.
In fact, like Gaetano Sgarabotto or Vincenzo Sannino (to mention just two of his contemporanies) he frequently enjoyed reproducing the wear and tear of antique instruments.
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