This illustration of a violin by Giovanni Battista Rogeri was published in The Strad, February 1914. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
The larger violins of this great maker are exceedingly scarce. This Rogeri’s ordinary fiddles are, relatively speaking, numerous enough, and are about the dimensions of the average Amati, which instruments they closely resemble, both in appearance and tone.
There are, however, certain features, eg the scroll and soundholes, by which they may readily be distinguished from the work of Amati; and in later work there are indubitable signs that the maker was to some extent influenced by Stradivari, who it is said to have been his fellow workman while employed in Amati’s workshop.
The violin is of a larger pattern, for in actual length of body it is fully 1/8 of an inch longer than any grand Amati: length of body, 14 1/8 inches; width of upper bouts, 6 9/16 inches; lower bouts, 8 ¼ inches; height of sides, 1 7/32 to 1 ¼ inches. This means a very big fiddle, having regard to the date of the specimen, 1697.
The arching is full, but not extravagantly so; the tone large
and mellow, with a touch of the contralto timbre in it. The varnish
is of a beautiful amber shade, and thoroughly Cremonese in
appearance and texture. The wood is unexceptional throughout, the
back, cut slab-wise, being a beautiful piece of boldly figured