In Focus: A c.1800 violin by Joseph Panormo

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Andrew Fairfax on the UK-based Italian maker’s turn-of-the-century instrument

Joseph Panormo, born in Naples around 1768, was the second eldest of Vincenzo Panormo’s four sons and would have begun working in his father’s workshop after the family moved from London to Paris in 1779. On returning to London ten years later, Joseph continued assisting Vincenzo and must have been joined by his younger brother George during the early 1790s. The youngest son, Louis, later renowned for his guitars but previously listed as a bow and violin maker, would have been enlisted into the workshop by the late 1790s…

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