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

Violin: 40410

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremonę anno 1731 IHS."

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Back: in one piece of quarter-cut maple with broad-width flame descending from the treble side.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with narrow-width grain broadening towards the edges.

Scroll: of plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar wood.

Varnish: of a reddish golden-brown color.

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 39 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1935 Giese family
in 1935 Sold by Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
1935-1940 Walter Sochaczewski
in 1940 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1940-1950 E. Clem Wilson
until 1952 Philip Farrar
in 1952 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1952-1962 Dorotha Powers Percival
in 1962 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1962-c. 1971 Irving Levick
in 1971 Sold by Harry A. Duffy
1971-c. 1975 George A. Gade
c. 1975-1979 Steven Staryk
in 1979 Sold by Harry A. Duffy
1979-1988 Sau-Wing Lam
from 1988 Anonymous
until 2023 Anonymous
in 2023 Sold by Tarisio
from 2023 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Tarisio, New York, NY (2023)
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2023) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1711 and 1713, respectively. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962)
  • Letter: Philipp Hammig (photocopy), Berlin (1946) Facsimile copy of a translation.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936) Reissued November 19, 1971.
  • Certificate: Philipp Hammig (photocopy), Berlin (1934) Typewritten translation copy.

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)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • 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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