This illustration of a violin by Giovanni Paolo Maggini was published in The Strad, September 1912. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
The principal measurements of this violin, as supplied by the owner, are: Length of body, 37 cm; width of upper bouts, 17.1 cm; width of lower bouts, 21.2 cm. By far the greater number of the fiddles are of about this length, but specimens exist which are fully a quarter of an inch shorter, if not more. A 14 ½ inch fiddle is not exactly a sweet thing to handle at first, but the tone of a fine Maggini is so eminently fetching and sympathetic that it is worth while taking any trouble over it.
The instrument with the exception of a few cracks in the belly, is in very fair preservation. The varnish, particularly in front, is a good deal worn, but what remains is of the usual clear brown seen in the examples of the maker’s earlier and middle period. The scroll, as usual, is turned somewhat short. Attention should be directed to the fluting at the back of the head, which is of a primitive type, somewhat deeply grooved, and without the customary centre line.
It seems pretty clear that the violin dates from the second or middle period of the maker’s work. The features peculiar to this period are said to be a somewhat higher arching than that used before or afterwards, and a ‘pronounced raised boarder’.
The purfling is double in accordance with Maggini’s general practice, the back having the familiar clover leaf design at the top and bottom. The soundholes give one a pause. The wings of the lower circles seem to have been cut off almost square, a method of treatment which is certainly not in accord with the master’s usual practice. I cannot help thinking that their lower turns must at some time or other been touched up by some enterprising ‘improver’.