Vincenzo Trusiano Panormo, c. 1772-1790

Violin: 68943

Probably early London/Paris period.

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple of mostly regular flame descending from the bass to treble sides.

Top: in two pieces of spruce of fine width grain widening towards the edges.

Scroll: of plainer figure.

Ribs: of similar wood to the back.

Varnish: of an orange brown colour.

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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Although many of Vincenzo’s early instruments are based on an Amati pattern, this violin, made either in London or perhaps after Vincenzo’s move to Paris in around 1779, is clearly modelled after Stradivari and would have been very advanced for the late 1770s, before the ideas of Stradivari became widely accepted. The sound-holes have been re-cut but there remains a great similarity in style to the early violas, especially the shapes of the corners, the shallow sound-hole fluting and the carving of the scroll. Like the 1774 viola (see Panormo Exhibition catalogue p. 6), the lower rib is in one piece. The blocks and linings are made of spruce and there is a large hole in the original top block that would have been the result of a single nail, or perhaps a dowel used to fix the neck. The spruce used for the front gave an inconclusive result in the dendrochronology report.

Panormo – the life and work of Vincenzo and his sons. Exhibition Catalogue, Andrew Fairfax, Andrew Fairfax, Panormo – the life and work of Vincenzo and his sons. Exhibition Catalogue, London


in 2016 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2016) Inconclusive results

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  • Panormo – the life and work of Vincenzo and his sons. Exhibition Catalogue
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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