The Melegari brothers Enrico Clodoveo and Pietro are unique figures in the history of violin making in Turin. Presumed to be self-taught, they worked independently from their contemporaries and their work has little in common with the Turin school. From around 1860 to 1870 they worked in the shipyards of Genoa, and later Turin, though Enrico in particular is known to have been a violinist in his youth.
Though the brothers collaborated and many early instruments bear a “Brothers” label, it is likely that they were responsible for different aspects of the business, and Enrico is the only one known to have worked independently. The modesty of their collaborative efforts attests to their self-taught origins, but even their earliest examples display a characteristic style.