Made in Paris between 1779 and 1789, this violin is firmly based on the Stradivari pattern that was becoming increasingly popular in Paris at this time, even before Viotti’s visit in 1782, and is of very similar proportions to the previous violin. Violins from this period often appear to have the sound-holes set quite high and close to the edge of the C bouts, but the deeper fluting in the wings seen on later Panormo instruments is already becoming apparent. The blocks and linings are once again of spruce. According to the dendrochronological examination, Vincenzo was not yet using wood typical for Paris makers of the period but instead using old stock, a feature common throughout his career. In this case the last ring on the bass side dates from 1706 and on the treble side from 1718.
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