Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1735, the 'Kubelik, Rabin'

Violin: 40419

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius, 1735..."

Back: in two pieces of quarter cut maple with faint flame mostly horizontal.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium width grain.

Scroll: of slightly plainer maple.

Ribs: similar.

Length of back: 35.0 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3

Middle bouts: 11.1

Lower bouts: 20.3

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After taking the instrument to Francais in 1975 to improve the tone, Kyung-Wha realates the following: "A thorough inspection was undertaken and they agreed that the inside was in perfect condition. What had appeared to be a crack from the outside was found not to be, and what was even more extraordinary is that il had its original bass-bar and consequently had not been opened for years! This in itself is very interesting if only to show that Kubelik could fill a hall with superb tone aided by a short bassbar! And a slraighter neck! Francais replaced the bass-bar with one of modern dimension and tilted the neck.. . ."

Kyung-Wha Chung, Margaret Campbell, The Strad, September, 1977, London


in 1885 Henry Osborne Havemeyer
- Horace Petherick
- Townley
in 1931 Jan Kubelík
... ...
in 1952 Alexander Hilsberg
... ...
in 1961 Michael Rabin
... ...
in 1977 Current owner

Known players

Franz von Vecsey, Jan Kubelík, Kyung-Wha Chung, Michael Rabin


  • The Strad 2006 Calendar, Newsquest, London (illustrated)
  • Alexander Hilsberg - Part II
  • Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich & William Gaines, Chicago
  • Ice king
  • The Strad, September, 1977, Margaret Campbell, London
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Summer '61
  • The Emil Hermann Collection - Part II, Andy Lim & Gregory Singer, Darling Publications, Cologne / New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)


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