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


Violin: 40411

Original label

Back: Two-piece; from the same log as the "Violon du Diable," the Jean Becker of 1732, and the "King" of 1735, as well as to a violin made by Pietro of Venice in 1735

Scroll: almost certain the work of del Gesú's father

Length of back: 34.9 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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Notes:

Dated 1736.

Celebrated Violins and Their Owners, Eugene Polonaski, The Violin Times, March, 1897, London


"Mr. Willett L. Adye, of Merly House, Dorsetshire, a well-known amateur, has a remarkably fine violin by this maker, of which the history is somewhat interesting : It belonged to Mr. Mawkes, formerly distinguished as an excellent performer, who left the profession to enter the Church, and was ordained many years since. He bought it in 1831, at Spohr's recommendation, from Professor Hoffmann, of Frankfort, when he was studying under the former celebrated musician at Hesse Cassel. Hoffmann bought it at the time Kode was at Frankfort, it having been a facsimile of an instrument by the same maker, played on by him. Spohr told Mr. Mawkes, if he could purchase it, he would have one of the finest instruments in the world; and he would have given his famous Stradiuarius in exchange for it. Mr. Mawkes refused several offers for it, and, having been the possessor of it for about thirty years, disposed of it to Mr. Adye."

The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played On With the Bow From the Remotest Times to the Present, William Sandys and Simon Andrew Forster, The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played On With the Bow From the Remotest Times to the Present, London

Provenance

until 1831 H. A. Hoffman
from 1831 Thomas Mawkes
in 1864 Willet L. Adye
until 1876 George Withers & Sons
until 1880 Samuel Appleby
from 1880 Samuel Appleby's niece
from 1907 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1893 George Haddock
- W. W. Barlow
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1948 Silcock
1948 - 1992 Gerald Segelman
in 1992 Segelman Trust
1992 - 1993 Joji L. Hattori
in 1998 Current owner

Known players

Alexander Rozhdestvensky, Heinrich Anton Hoffman, Thomas Mawkes

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1722; Matches the wood used for the table of the 1731 "Baltic" (ID=410), and the other half matches the wood used for the table of the 1734 "Violon du Diable" (ID=405) and the 1734 "Haddock" (ID=411).
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg Dating the youngest tree ring to 1722.

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References

  • The Strad, November, 1999, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Times, March, 1897, Eugene Polonaski, edited by E. Polanski, London
  • Fine Stringed Instruments Exhibition, Hong Kong, October 21-28, 2006
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Mr Black's Violins: The extraordinary obsession of Gerald Segelman, Andrew Hooker, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played On With the Bow From the Remotest Times to the Present, William Sandys and Simon Andrew Forster, John Russell Smith, London
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London
  • 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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