This illustration of a violin by Joannes Tononi was published in The Strad, July 1923. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
This fine violin is essentially a lady’s instrument in every way, being of the small Amatise type in build. It was made in the year 1699 and one can discern the Amati influence in its construction.
Joannes (more commonly known as Giovanni) Tononi, was the first and I consider by far the greatest of this excellent family of makers. The violin is in a very fine state of preservation and is original in all its parts.
The wood of the back, though somewhat plain, is very much like the backs of some of the Stradivarius instruments seen by the writer, circa 1680 to 1700. The colour is a rich light golden brown and the original varnish in places not affected by wear is quite brilliant and a delight to the eye.
The tone is of the pure soprano quality, and of great brilliance and beauty with wonderful carrying power, yet as sweet as the human voice, and a whisper from it could be heard in a building like the Albert Hall.
The measurements are as follows: length, 13 7/8th inches – width
across middle bouts, 4 ½ inches – ditto across lower bouts, 6 3/8
inches bare – ditto across lower bouts, 8 inches bare, depth of
ribs at upper or head end is 1 1/16 inch bare and at the bottom or
tail end is 1 1/8 inch bare.