Grancino, family of Italian violin makers who were active in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Andrea Grancino established a workshop in Milan in 1646. His son, Paolo Grancino, worked in Milan between 1665 and 1692; he belonged to the Amati school, and several violins attributed to Amati are apparently his work. Paolo’s son, Giovanni Grancino, began making violins in 1677; he is reputed to have been the best of the family. His sons, Giovanni Battista Grancino and Francesco Grancino, were active between 1715 and 1746. Their labels are marked Fratelli Grancini.
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