Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1730, the 'Kreisler'

Violin: 40400

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imitation label dated 1733

Back: Two-pieces of quarter sawn maple descending from the centre joint; from the same log as the "Stretton"

Scroll: Almost identical to a cello of 1731 bearing the label of Giuseppe filius Andreae

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

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"This instrument was part of the booty seized by British privateers when Junot's ship was captured and brought to Whitehaven in the Northwest of England. The vicar of Whitehaven bought the violin from one of the sailors for £2, and sold it to a collector, William Thomson, whose initials it still bears, branded in the scroll."

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998

"We feel, and feel very strongly, that no specimen can exemplify del Gesù in his mature youth more strikingly than that dated 1733 (Kreisler), which conceivably was made some years previous to that year. It stands at the threshold of the master's emancipation from the past, the f-holes still reveal his indebtedness to Stradivari, but model and form are his own. Timid of conception, perhaps when contrasted with the audacity of later years, yet admirably typifying those closely knit examples which from the tonal point of view stand up to the greatest."

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931

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