Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1729-30, the 'Lady Stretton'

Violin: 40126

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit, Cremone, Anno 1726."

Bearing the internal Wurlitzer number, "M-717."

Back: Two-piece; from the same log as the Kreisler of 1730c.

Scroll: Plain

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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Although the label bears the date 1726, experts believe the instrument was made a few years later. The back appears to be from the same log as the Kreisler of circa 1730.

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú, Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), London


- Young-Uck Kim
- Charles A. Perera
- Charles Finch
- Albert Stern
in 1931 Lady Streeton
... ...
in 1945 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1945 - 1947 Albert Arnold
from 1947 Dr. Charles Lustgarten
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
in 1967 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
... ...
1992 - 2013 Anonymous
in 2013 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2013 Current owner

Known players

Elmar Oliveira, Yi-wen Jiang, Young-Uck Kim

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1718.
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1967)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1945)
  • Dendrochronology report: Hamberger Fine Stringed Instruments Dates the latest ring of the treble and bass side as 1718 and 1714, respectively.

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.)


  • Chip off the old block
  • The Strad, October, 1994, Stewart Pollens, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, February-March, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, November-December, 1952, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Prodigy Matured
  • The Lewis Collection of Old Violins, Violas, Cellos & Bows (Fall, 1953), William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1996 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)


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