Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1744, the 'Lord Coke'


Violin: 40415

Facsimile label

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: Italian, circa 1700

Length of back: 35.6 cm


Notes:

"A few years ago, the violin maker fell in love with a Guarneri violin named the Lord Coke. I committed myself to buying it for two years. So I could have it and copy it", says Landon, who has two of these copies on hand. One is covered with a full, smooth coat of varnish. For the other, he explains, "I did all kinds of things to imitate the nicks on the varnish. The difference in sound is uncanny. The well-varnished instrument has a slightly muffled sound, while with the antiqued version, each note contains countless colors."


"Hd not original. . ."

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive, W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive

Provenance

in 1872 Abel Bonjour
- Gand & Bernardel, Freres
1889 - 1894 Isabella Eugenia, Duchess of Camposelice
until 1912 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1931 Lord Coke
- Signora Camilloni
until 1958 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1958 Abel Bonjour
from 1958 Steven Staryk
until 1991 Gerald Segelman
in 1991 Sold by Peter Biddulph
- Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 1991 Joji L. Hattori
- Sold by Christophe Landon Rare Violins
in 2002 Current owner

Known players

Dmitri Makhtin, Rachel Barton Pine

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (1992)
  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc, Chicago, IL (1991) #8093.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1958)

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References

  • Bein & Fushi 1992 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich & William Gaines, Chicago
  • UNITEL
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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