Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1731, the 'Baltic'

Violin: 40410

Bearing its original label (first known label of 'del Gesù' that still exists).

Back: One-piece with deep, regular figure descending from treble to bass.

Top: Grain marked by a distinctive stripe that runs through the sound holes

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 17 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Josef Giese
- Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
until 1940 Walter Sochaczewski
from 1940 E. Clem Wilson
until 1952 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1952 - 1962 Dorothea Powers Percival
from 1962 Irving Levick
- Steven Staryk
until 1971 Harry A. Duffy
1971 - 1972 George A. Gade
1972 - 1988 Sau-Wing Lam
from 1988 Current owner

Known players

Steven Staryk

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1714; both sides match both sides of the 1734 "Haddock" (ID=411) and the 1734 "Diable" (ID=405).
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)

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, June, 2006, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Christophe Landon Rare Violins 2007 Calendar, New York (illustrated)
  • Christophe Landon Rare Violins 2008 Calendar, New York (illustrated)
  • 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)
  • Private Archives - 1610
  • Sau-Wing Lam, Dietmar Machold (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona (illustrated)
  • 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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