Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1726-29, the 'Dancla, Serato'

Violin: 40409

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 12 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Sold by Ernst Kessler
until 1847 Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernardel
from 1847 Jean Baptiste Charles Dancla
until 1946 Arrigo Serato
from 1946 Pina Carmirelli
from 1956 Dr. Barnet Fine
from 1978 and in 1998 Current owner

Known players

Jean Baptiste Charles Dancla

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1724.
  • Certificate: Harry A. Duffy, Miami, FL (1977)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1968)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1956)
  • Certificate: Bernardel, Paris (1853)
  • Dendrochronology report: Hamberger Fine Stringed Instruments Dates the latest ring of the treble and bass side as 1724 and 1721, respectively.

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.)


  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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