Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1735, the 'Plowden'

Violin: 40418

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece; possibly from the same log as the "D'Egville"

Top: from the same tree as the "D'Egville"

Scroll: by Giuseppe 'filius Andreae'

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

There are 7 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- John Hart
until 1866 Charles Hood Chichele Plowden
1866 - 1867 George Hart
1867 - 1892 Louis D'Egville
1892 - 1900 Louis Harvey D'Egville
1900 - 1901 W. E. Hill & Sons
1901 - 1905 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1905 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1910 - c. 1921 Enrique Fernández Arbós
c. 1921 - 1924 W. E. Hill & Sons
1924 - 1929 Richard Bennett
until 1930 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1931 John Taylor Roberts
... ...
from 1944 William Rosenwald
until 1987 John & Arthur Beare
from 1987 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1729; both sides match both sides of the 1734 "D'Egville" (ID=417).
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929)

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, March, 1989, Stewart Pollens, 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)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 9 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XV, No. 3, Samuel Zygmuntowicz, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 2001, Laurinel Owen, Orpheus, London
  • The Strad, September, 2000, Roger Hargrave, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, July, 2011, Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, July, 2011, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • 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, 1931 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)


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