This illustration of a violin by Giovanni Paolo Maggini was published in The Strad, January 1980. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
On the good authority of William E Hill and Sons, who certified the instrument on March 16 1955, the violin (with the exception of its head which is of later Italian work) was made by Maggini and bears his original label.
The back is in one piece of wood cut from the slab and marked by an irregular small wavy curl; the sides are similar. the head is cut on the quarter and marked by a small curl and the table is of pine, the grain of medium width. The varnish is of a brown colour, The instrument measures 13 15/16 inches in body length.
This unusual and exceptionally well preserved example of Maggini's work is still very much alive, and has a tone that would please any artist.