Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1743, the 'Carrodus'

Violin: 40447

Back: One-piece quarter-sawn with a modest figure

Top: from the same log as one side of the "Sauret"

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

There are 7 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


In 1955, the instrument survived the car crash in which its then owner, Ossy Renardi, was tragically killed.

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998

Laurie relates that at the time he sold the instrument to Gleichauff, it still had its original neck and bass bar. But Gleichauff had these replaced, and the job was done so poorly that the tone of the instrument disappeared and Gleichauff returned the instrument to Laurie. Laurie entrusted the instrument to Gand and Bernadel, who repaired the damage that had been done, and the instrument's tone returned.

Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., London, circa 1900

"A few years after both the Marquis and his lady died and the violin with other things were to be sent to Paris and sold, but I did not know this until I had gone to Pau, where I got the address of the avocat who had charge of the estate in Paris to whom I applied on my return. He informed me he had sent the instrument to Vuillaume the great, to get it valued and would then treat with me, but as I had never seen it I asked him for a note to Vuillaume to allow him to shew it me. I was very much struck with it, it being different to any other "Joseph " I had ever seen. It was a rough, carelessly made one, date 1744, but its state of preservation was perfect, having still its orginal hand, and the bar inside had never been changed. Its wood, although not showy, was perfect in quality for tone. . . .

In Mr. Davidson's book on the violin there is a ridiculous story that this was the violin Paganini lost at play. How or where he (Davidson), got it I cannot say, and I only mention it because some people have asked me about it, thinking that as I had sold it I was the author. Needless to say that I saw it first and last in the work referred to. It was always called a " Strad," the violin that Paganini gambled way."

The Late Mr. Carrodus's Violins, David Laurie, The Strad, 1896, London


- Eller
- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1879 David Laurie
from 1879 Rudolph Gleichauff
in 1879 Sold by David Laurie
1881 - 1886 C. G. Meier
from 1886 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1895 John Tiplady Carrodus
from 1895 W. E. Hill & Sons
1895 - 1909 Major C. E. S. Phillips
until 1909 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1931 Dr. Felix Landau
until 1949 Margaret Abraham
until 1955 Ossy Renardy
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
in 1976 Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman
... ...
in 2003 David L. Fulton
from 2007 Current owner

Known players

John Tiplady Carrodus, Richard Tognetti

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1738; treble side matches the bass side of the 1743c "Sauret" (ID=253).
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg Dating the youngest tree ring to 1738.

Copies of many certificates and other documents are available on request. Please contact us for more information.


  • Benefactor Buys $7 Million Guarneri Violin for Australian Chamber Orchestra, January 31, 2007
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 2007, John Dilworth, London, 2007 (illustrated)
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • J. & A. Beare Newsletter, Autumn, 2007, 2007 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making
  • Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer, David Laurie, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., London, circa 1900
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1896, David Laurie, London, January, 1896
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London, 1994 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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