Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1742, the 'Tellefsen'


Violin: 40403

dated 1739

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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Notes:

Instrument #95 at the South Kensington Special Exhibition.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


"No. 95 is a roughish specimen of the same epoch, not so brilliant, but with its own charm. Here the gauge-marks of impatience are to be seen in the very border, and I should have expected to see the stiff-throated scroll, for it belongs to this form."

Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini


Listed as a 1734 instrument.

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, London


"According to a letter written by Desmond Hill in 1970, it was in the collection of Andrew Fountaine in 1856 and has an inscription to that effect on the interior of the table. "

Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, John Dilworth, Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, Bergen

Provenance

- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
in 1856 Andrew Fountaine
... ...
in 1872 Lord Amherst of Hackney
... ...
in 1885 Lord Amherst of Hackney
... ...
from 1911 Mrs Almeric Paget
in 1931 May Harrison
until 1960 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1960 Sir Leon Bagrit
until 1970 W. E. Hill & Sons
1970 - 2018 Anonymous
from 2018 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Desmond Hill (1970)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1960)

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References

  • Biographical Notice of Nicolo Paganini
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, South Kensington Museum, London
  • Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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