One of the best makers of his generation, Oddone signed 269 instruments over the course of his career. He began his apprenticeship at a very young age with Rinaldi before working closely for two years with Frederick William Chanot in London. The experience with the Chanot family proved to be the catalyst for his career, as he was influenced by their working techniques and models. After moving back to Turin, his hard work and exacting woodwork earned him a fine reputation as a restorer and luthier. Having already established himself as a preeminent luthier by the 1890s, Oddone established his own shop in 1900. After World War I, Oddone reached his most prolific and stylistically mature period- a period which lasted right up until his death in 1935. Characterized by a meticulous craftsmanship, bold character, and a thick golden-orange hued varnish, this violin exemplifies his most famous working period. This very fresh instrument which in fact still retains the original Oddone bridge, is in exquisite condition and has a clear, brilliant tone. The violin is pictured in Volume IV of "Italian & French Makers" by Jost Thoene.