This illustration of the ‘Doria’ Maggini was published in The Strad, June 1939. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
Of the numerous models effected by violin makers since the very beginning of their craft, there is none which is so readily recognised as that of Maggini. His outline and general characteristics – his frequent use of a double line of purfling for instance – are familiar to the very beginner among students of violin making, yet strangely enough, genuine Maggini violins are among the rarest of old Italian instruments.
Maggini, who was born in 1581 and died about 1632, was a pupil of Gaspar da Salo. Given his small output it seems strange that the Maggini model has been such a favourite among copyists. On the Continent, and particularly at Mirecourt, during the last century a whole army of workmen would seem to have been occupied in making more or less accurate copies of the Maggini model.
In Maggini’s last, and best, period, he reached a much higher standard of finish and all traces of his early crudeness disappeared. The work is true, the purfling sharply and finely inserted, the mitres accurately and cleanly made, and the sound-holes sharply cut. The arching of the model is less, with lighter edges, giving to the whole instrument a more graceful and pleasing appearance.
The ‘Dora’ Maggini belongs to the maker’s late and best period and is one of the finest known examples. It derives its name through being formerly in the possession of the Marquis Doria, a descendent of the illustrious Genoese family of that name.