This illustration of a Bergonzi violin was published in The Strad, February 1913. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
This is a really typical specimen of the master’s own model, exhibiting his peculiarities in the matter of outline and other details. Bergonzi varied his instruments in small particulars quite as much as his great master, Stradivarius, though when he had once evolved his own particular pattern he does not seem to have departed much from it. Early work, as is well known, is generally a more or less exact reproduction of that of Stradivarius, but when he once gives his own ideas full play, there is no longer any possibility of confusing these two makers.
The varnish of this instrument is of a deep hue and may be described as of a fine golden red. It has been thickly laid on, and there is still a good deal left of it. Preservation is very good; the belly shows a somewhat unusual amount of chin wear on what we now regard as the wrong side of the tailpiece.
The back is of what Count Cozio described as foreign wood. The head exhibits somewhat long ears. The tone is excellent – broad, resonant and very penetrating. The body measures 14 inches bare in length.