Louis Panormo (English, 1784–1862)

Object Place: London, England


Length 92 cm, width 29.1 cm (Length 36 1/4 in., width 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, cedar, pearwood (?), rosewood, mother-of-pearl, ebony, ivory, brass, steel, sheep gut, silver

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ebonized pearwood. Multi-line purfling around edges of belly and soundhole. Rosette composed of pearl in diamond shapes. Neck and headstock of ebonized cedar. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of ivory; stamped RANCE. Fingerboard of rosewood with eighteen frets of brass. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized pearwood, terminating in pearl-covered exclamation points. Bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and three on belly (one above soundhole). Original case of wood lined with red wool.


Printed label: [handwritten: 1820] / Panormo Fecit / Anno 18 [handwritten: 30] London / 40 High Street, Bloomsbury.


About 1991, sold by Terenzio, a violin dealer, Pennsylvania, to Bernard E. Lehman, Rochester, New York; about 1991, sold by Lehman to John Wiesenthal, Rochester, New York; 2000, sold by Wiesenthal through Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 24, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Bradford M. and Dorothea R. Endicott and an anonymous donor