This illustration of a violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda was published in The Strad, January 1959. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
One of the early 19th century Italian makers whose instruments have appreciated at a rapid rate during recent years is Giovanni Francesco Pressenda. Tonally they have proved themselves equal to many older instruments of greater commercial value. Robustly constructed, they are usually free from serious damage or repair. Pressendas are nearly always constructed from handsome wood and built on a model which closely follows that of Antonio Stradivari.
This violin dates from the maker’s early Turin period and has for many years been the solo instrument of Edward Armstrong, the well-known violinist and, until lately, leader of the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra. A very well-preserved violin it has a number of interesting features, as for example the absence of the usual two pins in the back.
The principal dimensions are: Length of Body, 14 inches; Top
Bouts, 6 11/16 inches; Lower Bouts, 8 3/16 inches; Ribs, 1 3/16 to
1 ¼ inches. The varnish is a beautiful golden-brown which enhances
the beauty of the boldly figured one-piece back.