This illustration of a violin by Giovanni Grancino was published in The Strad, April 1914. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Of the various Grancini, the instruments of Giovanni (1675-1737) are probably best known. Those of his father, sons, and various other relatives are seldomer in evidence. The whole family seem to have excelled in the manufacture of violincellos of good tone, and almost anything genuine of theirs in the way of a bass is worthy of attention from the player’s point of view, albeit the material chosen for the backs and sides is frequently singularly plain.
A fine Grancino fiddle, once seen, is sure to impress the eye of any but the most indifferent observer. This remark is intended to apply particularly to the maker’s middle and later periods, in which his individuality asserts itself. In his earlier fiddles the Amati traditions are much more apparent.
It is in his mature work that we meet with the bold, rather slanting soundhole, and generally flatter form. To the latter factor must I suppose be attributed the very considerable volume of tone, which is observable in some of his violins when well preserved.
The violin illustrated is a handsome and typical specimen. The arching is relatively flat, in accordance with the maker’s more mature methods. The label is dated 1714. The varnish is unusually good, and possesses more of an orange tinge than is customary in the works of the family.
The body is 13 7/8 inches long; upper bouts 6 ½ wide; lower 8
1/8 inches: the sides appear to be a trifle low for the build of
the instrument, but according to my note average 1 1/8 inch.