Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1741, the 'Carrodus'

Violin: 40255

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius Cremone Anno 1741 IHS."

Back: Two-piece with wide flaming running almost horizontally

Top: of even medium to broad grain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: almost completely worn off

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm


Letter from F. Cramer to his son William, dated June 10, 1841: "My Dear William, -- As you wish to have the pedigree of the Joseph Guarnerius violin I bought forty years ago of a Mr. Mackenzie, a distinguished amateur in those days, with a warranty of its being a genuine instrument, and soon after sold it, the gentleman who bought it of me died, and his widow returned it to me for sale, as, of course, she had no use for it after his death. It has never been in any other hands, and I can warrant its being a genuine instrument."

The Violin (Davidson, 1871), P. Davidson, The Violin (1871), London


from 1800 A. Mackenzie
until 1841 François Cramer
from 1841 Captain H. S. Murray
- Alexander Crombie
from 1846 Sir Alexander MacKenzie
until 1882 Carl Mackenzie
from 1882 Richard Bennett
until 1893 W. E. Hill & Sons
1893 - 1895 John Tiplady Carrodus
in 1895 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
1895 - 1915 G. W. Dancocks
in 1915 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1915 Minster
- Rev. Edmund Horace Fellowes
- Enthoven
- Charles Davis
1947 - 1950 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1950 - 1954 Max Adler & family
in 1954 Sold by Benjamin Koodlach
from 1954 C. Michael Paul
until 1986 Raymonde I. Paul
in 1986 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1990 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Aaron Rosand, Anton Sorokow, Julian Rachlin, Patricia Kopatchinskaya

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1738; treble side matches the bass side of the 1743c "Sauret" (ID=253)
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1986)
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1954)
  • Receipt: Benjamin Koodlach, Los Angeles, CA (1954)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1950)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1947)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1924)

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.)


  • Correspondence with Anton Sorokow, October, 2010
  • Correspondence with Ray Rosen, July, 2003
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 19, 1986, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Violin (1871), P. Davidson, Porteous Brothers, London
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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