Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1744, the 'Leduc'

Violin: 40448

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit, Cremonę anno 1745 IHS."

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Red

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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Believed by many to be Guarneri's last work, based on the authentic label dated 1745, a year after del Gesù's death. Hargrave suggests that the instrument may have been completed and labeled by Guarneri's wife Katarina Rota. This theory is supported by several historical references. Fetis notes that Carlo Bergonzi II (the grandson of the great violin-maker) had mentioned that del Gesù's wife had assisted her husband, though Fetis didn't know the name of the wife. And Petherick wrote in 1905 that he had seen an instrument with a 1749 Cremona label by "Katerina Guarneria". He also had no way of knowing that del Gesù's wife's first name was Katarina, and that because she was from Vienna, she would have been more likely to spell her name with a 'K' than with a 'C' as most Italians did.

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú, Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), London


Luigi Tarisio
Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
John Adam
Richard Bennett
in 1880 Leduc
in 1880 Sold by David Laurie
... ...
in 1891 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1891 Ernesto Nicolini
until 1894 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1894 and in 1897 Hart & Son
1899-1923 R. D. Waddell
1923-1924 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1925-1970 John S. Phipps
1970-1988 Henryk Szeryng
from 1990 Anonymous
in 1998 Sold by Jacques Français
... ...
from 2019 Current owner

Known players

Augustin Hadelich, Henryk Szeryng

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1726; treble side matches both sides of the 1738 "Kemp" (ID=426).
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1990) #3074. "Grade: A+++"
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Wurlitzer, New York, NY

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.)


  • The Strad 2006 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Beautiful Italian Violins, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1963 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1994, Stewart Pollens, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 1988, Henry Roth, London (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Wurlitzer Collection of Rare Violins, Violas & Bows, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 2000, Roger Hargrave, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1998, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1924, Towry Piper, London, Mar 1924 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2010 Calendar: Violin Heroes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (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)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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