Joseph Panormo, London, c. 1820

Violin: 73269

Signed to the inside, "J. Panormo."

Early 19th century

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple of near horizontal flame slightly descending from the bass to table sides.

Top: in two pieces of spruce of uniform medium-width grain.

Ribs: of similar wood to the back.

Varnish: of a golden orange brown colour.

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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The signature ‘J. Panormo’ found inside the back of this violin matches that found on Joseph’s marriage licence. He is reputed to have never used a label but frequently signed his name where the label would normally be placed. This violin is believed to have been bought by the present owner’s great grandfather, William Henry Kearns, directly from the maker after his arrival in London from Dublin in 1817. It is a typical Stradivari model for Joseph but he is also known to have made violins in the style of Guarneri ‘del Gesù’. The blocks and linings are of spruce, with the C-bout linings possibly let into the corner blocks. There were no conclusive results from the dendrochronology examination.

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


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