Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1742, the 'Lord Wilton'

Violin: 40256

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Top: From the same log as the "Carrodus" of 1743

Scroll: Of wood matching back

Ribs: Of wood matching back

Varnish: Pale golden orange

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


Richard Bennett
from 1887 Lord Wilton
in 1898 and until 1901 Viscount Grey de Wilton
in 1901 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1901-1902 Robert E. Brandt
in 1902 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1902-1921 Sir Edgar Speyer
... ...
in 1930 and until 1952 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
1952-1961 Zlatko Balokovic
until 1966 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1966-1972 Jack Marlin
until 1978 Jacques Français
1978-1999 Yehudi Menuhin
from 1999 Anonymous
from 2019 Current owner

Known players

Leonora von Stosch, Yehudi Menuhin

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1739.

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.)


  • 'Lord Wilton' Ownership List
  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, No. 12 (1999), Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago
  • The Strad, April, 2004, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1944, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (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 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)


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