The catalog for our November auction in New York goes online tomorrow, October 26th. There are some very exciting lots in the sale including the ‘ex-Perlman, Klausner’ Pietro Guarneri of Venice. The following is a preview of some highlights from the sale.
Lot 167 – Pietro Guarneri, Venice, c. 1750, ‘ex-Perlman, Klausner’
This violin was made by Pietro Guarneri in Venice in c. 1750. Pietro was the elder brother of Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ and left Cremona for Venice in around 1717. His influence on Venetian violinmaking changed the course of that school and created many masterpieces. This violin was purchased from Wurlitzers by Itzhak Perlman in 1959 and used by Perlman for the early part of his career. Prior to Perlman the violin was owned by Gustave Tinlot, a professor at Eastman and then by Millard Taylor, concertmaster of the Rochester Symphony. In 1998 it came into the possession of the acclaimed concertmaster, teacher and chamber musician, Tiberius Klausner.
Perlman wrote to Tibor Klausner in 1988, “I used this violin for many firsts in my career. I used it the first time I studied the Brahms Violin Concerto, for my first performance of the Glasunov at the Meadowmount Summer School, as well as for my first performance of the Debussy Quartet… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”