"Although neither Goodkind nor 'The Strad' are any more precise in their dating of this instrument than 1660-7-, the similarity of the f-holes to the 'Silvestre' of 1666 . . . and the striking resemblance to the wood of the back of the 'Aranyi' of 1666/7 would suggest a date of 'circa' 1666."
Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 14, 2000, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 14, 2000, London, London
"We zoomed in on the right side of the bout [of the table] and saw a major disruption in the wood following along an obvious break. We found that this was perhaps two pieces of wood joined together, because the sequence of rings changed from very wide rings to the right to extremely narrow rings to the left, and trees do not normally grow that way."
Dendrochronological Dating of Stringed Instruments: A Reevaluation, Henri Grissino-Mayer, Paul Sheppard & Malcolm Cleaveland, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Flushing, NY
"A striking feature of this instrument is the extremely high arch, particularly that of the table. The deep and scooped edgework appears to be influenced by Nicolò's work of the 1650s. By today's standards, that could be seen as a retrogressive step, but nevertheless the violin has a clear and penetrating tone which is not unduly harsh."
Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making (1620-1850), David Rattray, Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, London