Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1735, the 'Mary Portman'

Violin: 40088

Bearing its original label printed: "Joseph Guarnerius fecit / Cremone ann 1735."

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 34.9 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


John Murray
Sold by Hart & Son
Fritz Kreisler
Sold by Hart & Son
until 1924 Arthur Larkin
from 1924 Mary Portman
Elsie Playfair
Robert Augustus Bower
in 1946 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1946 and in 1948 Albert Arnold
1949-1991 Gerald Segelman
in 1991 Sold by Peter Biddulph
1991-1992 Howard Gottlieb
1992-1993 Anonymous
Current owner

Known players

Adele Anthony, Mary Portman, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1946)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1920)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Bein & Fushi 1993 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi 1995 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, Spring 2010
  • The Strad, November, 1948, London (illustrated)
  • Kreisler’s Violins, Cozio Carteggio feature, Tully Potter, 2017
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Stradivari Society Recipients
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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