A celebrated maker of mandolines and lutes in Bologna about 1733-72. In a magnificent lute, purfled in ivory, the neck inlaid in tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, and ivory, in every way a superbly made instrument, was the label: "Giov. Giuseppe Fontanelli, fece in Bologna, l'anno 1733-3 Xbre."
Two mandolines, dated 1771 and 1772, are in the Paris Conservatoire Collection. Another label is: "Giovanni Giuseppe Fontanelli, Bolognese, f. an. 17—"
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