Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, 1769, the 'Michell'


Violin: 24156

Original label: "Joanna Baptista Guadagnini Cremonensis fecit Parmae serviens C.S.R. 1769"

Back: in two pieces of quarter cut oppio maple with narrow to medium-width flame ascending from the center seam.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium-width grain.

Scroll: of plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar wood.

Varnish: of a golden orange-brown color.

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 13 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Listed by Doring incorrectly as dated 1759.

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, London

Provenance

- H. B. Merton
in 1924 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1925 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
1932 - 1972 Joseph Gorner
in 1972 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1972 Felix Van Dyl
from c. 1980 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1925) with 3 photos
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (photocopy), New York, NY (1925)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1924)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1924)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London (1924)

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References

  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)

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