Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1732, the 'Gillott, Lord Dunmore'

Violin: 40395

Bearing its original label, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremona anno 1734."

Back: Two-piece of medium curl descending from the joint

Ribs: of similar but less pronounced

Length of back: 35.6 cm


Listed as both 1732 & 1734 in the Hills book. Henley lists the instrument as 1732. At the sale of the Gillot Collection by Christie's in 1872, it is listed as 1732, and George Hart compounded the error by repeating the 1732 date in an article he wrote. But since the label is original and bears the date 1734, this must be the true date.

The Gillott Del Gesu, Robert Lewin, The Strad, November, 1977, London


from 1850 Charles Reade
John Hart
until 1872 Joseph Gillott
in 1872 Sold by Christie's
from 1872 George Hart
from 1872 Lord Dunmore
until 1882 John Adam
from 1882 David Laurie
until 1892 Richard Bennett
from 1892 Frederick Smith
from 1910 Hart & Son
in 1911 Mr & Mrs Reynolds
... ...
in 1931 and until 1944 Ferencz Hegedüs
... ...
from 1944 Hart & Son
in 1977 Sold by Sotheby's

Known players

Ferencz Hegedüs

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Hart & Son, London (1938)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1938)

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  • Hart & Son catalog, undated (illustrated)
  • Joseph Gillott, Cozio Carteggio feature, John Dilworth, Feb 2020
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 17, 1977, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1911, Towry Piper, London, Sep 1911 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1977, Robert Lewin, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931


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