Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1735, the 'King'

Violin: 40407

Back: Two-piece; from the same log as the "Diable" and "Haddock"

Scroll: a twin of the "Haddock"

Length of back: 35.15 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


The King's edges are broader than the D'Egville and Plowden giving a bolder appearance and the ff holes placed upright, making the smaller holes of the ff's further apart and their-by contributing to the making of a really powerful sonorous instrument.



Luigi Tarisio
until 1857 James Goding
in 1857 Sold by Christie & Manson
in 1857 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1857-1881 Vicomte Frédéric de Janzé
in 1881 Sold by David Laurie
1881-1882 John Adam
in 1882 Sold by David Laurie
1882-1904 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1904 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1904-1925 Richard C. Baker
in 1925 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1925 Richard Bennett
in 1931 Eric H. Rose
until 1955 W. E. Hill & Sons
1955-1965 Zlatko Balokovic
... ...
from 1965 and in 2002 Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Photographs

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1722; wood of the treble side matches the wood used for the 1744c "Doyen" (ID=436).
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg Dating the youngest tree ring to 1722.

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.)


  • The Strad, October, 1994, Stewart Pollens, Orpheus, 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, September, 2000, Roger Hargrave, Orpheus, 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)
  • Violins & Violinists, November-December, 1954, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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