Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1742, the 'Alard'

Violin: 40444

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit +, Cremonae anno 1742 IHS." and written on the inside of the table "Acheté a Milan en 1853." followed by the sign of "Vuillaume."

Label is not original.

Back: One-piece.

Top: Of two unmatched pieces of spruce.

Scroll: Of wood similar to back.

Ribs: Of wood similar to back.

Varnish: Yellow to orange-brown.

Length of back: 35.35 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"When the news of Tarisio's death reached Paris, Vuillaume rushed to Italy, leaving all his ongoing business behind. At the farm of Tarisio's heirs he found the 'Alard' dozing in the same double case as the famous Stradivari 'Messiah,' . . . ."

Silent witness, Frédéric Chaudière, The Strad, June, 2002, London


- Delphin Alard
until 1854 Luigi Tarisio
from 1854 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1888 Jeanne-Emile Alard
from 1888 Musée de la Musique, Cité de la Musique, Paris

Known players

Jean-Delphin Alard

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1736; rings match the wood of the "Kanarievogel" Guarneri of 1744 (ID=1088).

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.)


  • …And They Made Violins in Cremona from Renaissance to Romantic Era, Conzorzia Liutai & Archetti A. Stradivari Cremona, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2006 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • La Lutherie et les Luthiers, Antoine Vidal, Maison Quantin, Paris (illustrated)
  • Musée de la Musique, Cité de la Musique
  • The Strad, June, 2002, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Strad, June, 2002, Frédéric Chaudière, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1998, Joanna Pieters, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 59 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931
  • Violons, Vuillaume, Rémy Campos, Musée de la Musique, Paris (illustrated)


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