Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1737, the 'King Joseph, ex-Hawley, ex-Hanemeyer'

Violin: 40213

Back: One-piece, slab-cut; from the same log as the "Sennhauser," Katherine Parlow," "Pollitzer-Koessler" and the "Stern, ex-Panette"

Top: From the same log as the "Stern" of 1737

Scroll: By Giuseppe "filius Andreae"

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The "King Joseph" Guarnerius del Gesu is one of the stars of the Fulton collection -- a 1737 instrument so famous that it is the subject of a monograph by Chicago violin experts Bein & Fushi. This instrument reportedly was the first Guarnerius del Gesu to come to America.

Preserving “voices” of world’s finest violins – Seattle Times


Samuel Appleby
until 1857 James Goding
in 1857 Sold by Christie & Manson
from 1857 John Hart
until 1868 Charles Hood Chichele Plowden
1868-1876 John P. Waters
1876-1893 Royal De Forest Hawley
1893-1896 Laura W. Hawley
1896-1902 Ralph M. Granger
1902-1903 Lyon & Healy
from 1903 Henry Osborne Havemeyer
in 1954 and until 1978 Horace Havemeyer
... ...
from 1978 Cho-Ming Sin
in 2002 and until 2011 Current owner

Known players

Itzhak Perlman

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1734; rings match the wood of the bass side of the 1737 "ex-Stern" (ID=214).

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 1995 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, 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)
  • Lyon & Healy 1903-4 Catalog (includes R. D. Hawley collection)
  • The Strad, November, 2002, Joanna Pieters, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Preserving “voices” of world’s finest violins – Seattle Times, July 1, 2007
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Hawley Collection of Violins, Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The History of Violin Playing from its origins to 1761, David D. Boyden, Oxford University Press, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The "King Joseph", Robert Bein & Geoffrey Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Inc., Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, November-December, 1954, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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