This illustration of a violin by Luigi Fabris of Venice was published in The Strad, October 1938. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Luigi Fabris of Venice was a maker of violins and violincellos which are destined to partake in the steady rise to favour already experienced by many of his contemporaries. Here is one with a strongly individual style and a talent for sound workmanship. A number of his violins are admittedly a little rugged, but here and there he produced an instrument of outstanding finish.
Fabris worked throughout the latter half of the eighteenth century, but there is little in the general appearance of his work that can be taken as evidence of his association, as a pupil, with any other Venetian workman of the same period.
The outstanding feature of the illustrated example is the use of bird’s-eye maple for both the back and the sides. The pine used for the table is fairly open grain and is similar to that found in all this maker’s work. The edges are heavy in modelling and overhang the sides by a wider margin than is usual. The head, which is made of unfigured wood, is not an outstanding achievement, but is characteristic of the maker and in keeping with the general modelling and outline of the instrument.
The varnish is a light chestnut brown and shows few signs of wear and is devoid of any indications of flaking or chipping.
The principal measurements are: Length, 14 1/8th inches; top bouts, 6 9/16th inches; lower bouts, 8 ¼ inches; sides at top, 1 1/8th inches; at bottom, 1 3/16th inches.