Protected: One of the finest ‘del Gesù’s in existence: the 1734 ‘Violon du Diable’

Recently sold by Private Sale, this 1734 ‘del Gesù’ has enthralled players, collectors and experts for centuries.

By Jason Price November 22, 2015

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Notes:

  1. Théophile Gautier, “Opéra: Le Violon du Diable,” La Presse, January 22, 1849.. (“Une des principales curiosités de ce ballet c’est d’entendre Saint-Léon jouer du violon non comme un maître à danser qui agace sa pochette, mais comme un virtuose consommé. Un instrument magique n’a rien d’invraisemblable entre ses mains. Ce double talent ne peut manquer de produire un effet sur les recettes, car Le Violon du Diable à l’attrait d’un concert et d’un ballet, les morceaux et les pas se valent, Saint-Léon a les doigts aussi agiles que les jambes”).
  2. Gallay, Jules, Les Luthiers Italiens 17th-18th centuries, Paris, 1869, p. 232.
  3. Engel, Carl, Catalog of the Special Exhibition of Ancient Musical Instruments, MDCCCLXXII, London, 1874.
  4. W. E. Hill & Sons Business Records, unpublished, June 25, 1910.
  5. W. E. Hill & Sons Business Records, unpublished, October 9, 1910.
  6. Hill, William Henry; Hill, Arthur Frederick; Hill, Alfred Ebsworth, The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762), W .E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931, p. 113.
  7. Letter from Desmond Hill to Dr. Lacombe, unpublished, 17 October 1972.
  8. Biddulph, Peter, The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù, London, 1998.

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