Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, 1754, the 'Harold Berkeley'

Violin: 41965

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Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Pla- / centinus fecit Mediolani 1754"

Back: Two-piece

Top: of very fine grain, widening towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20 cm


"Expert X valued at $350,000, but believes the instrument has appreciation potential. . . . Beare noted that it is an early J.B. Guadagnini. Beare thinks it looks to be good at $150,000."

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004

"The five Appraisers were unanimous on another violin, a 1754 G.B. Guadagnini valued at $300,000.

"It's not a Guad at all," said Rosengard, who spent 12 years researching and writing a book on the Guadagnini violin-making family. "That would sell for a fraction -- not a rhetorical fraction, a real fraction -- of a Guad."

Bein called the violin's top "wildly wrong" and "categorically not possible," adding: "It's like I'm telling you it's a Volkswagen, and it's a Chevrolet.""

False Notes, Mark Mueller, The Star Ledger, New Jersey

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Current owner, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod, Harold Berkeley

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