Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1744, the 'Doyen'


Violin: 40436

Imitation label of 1741, inserted by the Hills

Back: One-piece with a broad curl extending upwards from left to right

Top: of spruce of fine even grain

Ribs: quarter-cut, of plainer wood

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.05 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.45 cm

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Notes:

Dated 1725.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa

Provenance

in 1870 Meyevre
until 1898 Emile Germain
from 1898 Louis Doyen
until 1915 Caressa & Francais
- Miss Blackhouse
from 1915 John & Arthur Beare
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1924 Gustavo Herten
1924 - 1925 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
... ...
in 1931 Henry Ford
... ...
in 2003 Henry Ford Museum

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1702; both sides match the treble side of the 1735 "D'Egville" (ID=417).
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1925)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1925)
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg Dating the youngest tree ring to 1714.

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References

  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa
  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1960, Victor Angelescu, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù - Exhibition, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 2006, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)

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