Vincenzo Panormo was born in 1734 in Monreale, near Palermo in Sicily, and was baptized as Vincenzo Trusiano. Vincenzo’s instrument-maker father and presumed teacher, Gaspar Trusiano, moved to Naples with Vincenzo and his brother about 1760 and adopted the name “Panormo” at that time. Vincenzo went on to reside in Rome, London, Paris, possibly Milan, Dublin, and London again.
He was certainly the first maker of his day in both Paris and London to champion the Stradivari model and can be considered as the best maker to have worked in London and one of the best along with Nicolas Lupot and Francois Pique to have worked in Paris.
This exceptionally attractive violin was made in London about 1795 during Vincenzo’s second stint in that city. It is one of the very finest examples we have ever seen and remains in near mint condition.