Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1738, the 'Adam'

Violin: 40425

Bearing its original label, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremone Anno 1738 IHS."

Back: Two-piece of broad curl ascending from the joint

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.3 cm

There are 19 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


1860 - 1875 Charles Finch
1875 - 1882 John Adam
from 1882 David Laurie
in 1885 James Guthrie Orchar
until 1897 James Guthrie Orchar
until 1958 Emil Herrmann, New York
1897 - 1924 Museum at Broughty Ferry
- John Friedrich & Brothers
1926 - 1929 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1929 John Taylor Roberts
until 1937 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1931 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
from 1937 L. H. Dulles
from 1977 Eric Jarnaker
in 1999 Swedish Royal Academy of Music
in 2000 Anonymous
from 2000 Anonymous
in 2010 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1937) . . . has an "unsurpassed tone" . . .
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1937)

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.)


  • Friedrich Brothers Rare Old Violins - 1921-22 Catalog, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 11-12, 1977, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931


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