Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1741, the 'Vieuxtemps'


Violin: 40433

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: by Guarneri del Gesú

Varnish: Red-brown, pierced by tiny pin-prick bubbles

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

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Notes:

"In 1804, Count Cozio described the violin as being 'too high in the ribs and strong in the wood' with 'a small tone.' 270 years later, Yehudi Menuhin wrote a letter expressing his preference for the tone of this violin over his own Stradivari, the 'Soil' of 1714. . . The arching of this instrument is very Brescian. In fact, the form is practically identical to an instrument made by Gasparo da Salò."

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú, Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998


"Eugene Ysaÿe obtained Vieuxtemps' Guarnerius on loan. This magnificent instrument later belonged to the greatly lamented Philip Newman (1904-1966) who played at The Master's bedside on the eve of his death."

Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, W. E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden, 1980

Provenance

until 1804 Giacomo Antonio Monzino
until 1858 Dr. Benziger
from 1858 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
in 1870 Sold by Henri Vieuxtemps
... ...
from 1881 Eugène Ysaÿe
1884 - 1891 Duc de Camposelice
1891 - 1927 Maurice Sons
until 1942 W. E. Hill & Sons
1927 - 1942 Robert A. Bower
in 1942 Isaac Wolfson
1942 - 1966 Philippe Newman
from 1966 Anonymous
in 2014 Current owner

Known players

Eugène Ysaÿe, Henri Vieuxtemps, Philip Newman

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1735; both sides match the bass side of the 1741 "Kochanski" (ID=2807).

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References

  • The Strad, December, 2009, Caroline Gill, Newsquest Specialist Media, London, 2009 (illustrated)
  • Conversation with Ian Stoutzker, April, 2008
  • The Strad, October, 1994, Stewart Pollens, London, 1994 (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998 (illustrated)
  • I Centenari Dei Guarneri: 1698-1998, Consorzio Liutai e Archettai "Antonio Stradivai", Cremona, 1998 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Amadeus Book of the Violin
  • The Strad, October, 1994, John Dilworth, London, 1994 (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, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London, 1994 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • Why the fate of music hinges on a $20 million violin http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/081022-NL-violin.html
  • Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, W. E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden, 1980

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