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Spotlight on something unique...

  

This case by Dimitri Musafia, which was on public display at the Cremona MondoMusica international trade fair from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2010, was commissioned on behalf of an important Emir of a Middle Eastern country.

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"A synthesis of uniqueness and excellence was on view at Musafia, true couturier of case making. [description follows] " (La Provincia, Cremona daily)

"Even instrument accessories which aren't known for their artistic value can earn their redemption. It was proven by Dimitri Musafia, with his painstakingly-built violin case [description follows] " (La Cronaca, Cremona daily)

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Antonio Stradivari made violins with delicate ebony and ivory inlay, such as the 1677 "Sunrise" and the nearly identical 1679 "Hellier",  for his most distinguished customers. Before him, Andrea Amati painted colorful scenes on the back and ribs of the instruments commissioned to him by French royalty. Today, these works are considered among the most priceless of all instruments of the classic Cremona era and not only because they have a special story to tell.

In this same Cremona tradition, Mr. Musafia now presents his latest work, a unique one-off creation commissioned on behalf of an important Emir of a Middle Eastern country.

     

           

     

Photographs unfortunately are unable to convey the exact interaction of the colors nor the sparkle of the Swarovski crystals.

Gracefully curved structural elements create a unprecedented harmonious effect that breaks away from all the usual patterns, providing in addition to particular elegance even more room for accessories than previous designs. The interior is lined in soft glove-quality leather, sumptuous Alcantara®, and silk velvet, coordinated with an extremely precious gold lamé brocade.

When the violin is placed within the case, the ivory Alcantara padding embraces and highlights it, with the curves radiating away from the instrument symbolizing sound waves, or the creation of music.

To render the work even more precious and unique, the leather interior inserts are studded with 48 golden-shadow Swarovski crystals, which lend the interior particular brilliance and sparkle in certain light conditions, while a matching leather cover with Tropicalization completes the work.

       

Special thanks to Swarovski AG, Austria, and their Italian offices.

 

 

 

   

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