Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1737, the 'Stern, Panette, Balatre, Alard'

Violin: 40214

Back: One-piece, slab-cut, from the same log as the "King Joseph"

Top: From two unmatched pieces of spruce, the bass side taken from the same log as the belly of the "King Joseph"

Scroll: Of plain wood

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 12 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Marquise de Balatre
until 1847 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1847 Vicomte de la Panette
in 1926 Sold by Caressa & Français
1926-1929 Rodman Wanamaker
in 1929 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1929-1944 Ralph Hubbard Norton
in 1945 Sold by William Lewis & Son
1945-1994 Isaac Stern
1994-2005 David L. Fulton
from 2005 BSI Bank

Known players

Isaac Stern, Midori Goto, Renaud Capuçon, Vadim Repin

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1726; rings of the bass side match the wood of the table used for the "King Joseph" of 1737 (ID=213).
  • Bill of sale: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris (1847)

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.)


  • 36 Famous Italian Violins, Alex Wasinski, Herman Gordon, New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 2002, Naomi Sadler, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, January, 1944, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Biography of Isaac Stern
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Guarneri del Gesù, Panette, 1737, Carlo Chiesa, BSI SA
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1988, London (illustrated)
  • Johns Hopkins University | Peabody Institute
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XV, No. 3, Samuel Zygmuntowicz, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Renaud Capuçon and the ‘Panette’ Guarneri, Cozio Carteggio feature, November 9, 2016
  • Star Gazing
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2010 Calendar: Violin Heroes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, June, 1948, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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