Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1734, the 'Rode'

Violin: 40404

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius, 1735..."

Back: in two pieces of maple with wide flames descending from the center joint.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with grain of medium width.

Scroll: of slightly plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar maple with narrower flame.

Varnish: of an orange brown color.

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 10.95 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Did Maurin own/play this? See HD and also


- Jacques Pierre Joseph Rode
until 1923 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1923 Robert Augustus Bower
c. 1927 - 1940 Harry Wahl
- Dr. Bernhard Sprengel
- Norbert Brainin
in 1999 Current owner

Known players

Kyung Wha Chung

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (1927) Hammig Certificate No. 639

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  • Die Kunst des Geigenbaues (1997), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Berlin, 1997 (illustrated)
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1999, John Dilworth, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (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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