Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1744, the 'Ole Bull'

Violin: 40453

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece

Top: Two unmatched halves, from the same log as the "Sauret", the other from the same log as the "Heifetz"

Varnish: Yellow-orange

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.05 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


In 1971, Henry Werro published a booklet about this instrument. Only 400 copies were published.

Book Corner, Robert Lewin, The Strad, June, 1971, London

"The Hill company once claimed it 'the most characteristic masterpiece of Guarneri del Gesù. . . .

According to dendrochronology analysis, the two-piece front is made from two assymetric pieces of spruce with different ages. The bass side is almost identical to the ex-Heifetz 1740; the treble side, however, is exactly the same as Sauret, 1743."

The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Dai Ting Chung, The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950


Ole Bull
John Hart
H. C. Cooper
Sold by Jean Werro
until 1857 James Goding
in 1857 Sold by Christie & Manson
from 1857 John Hart
in 1866 Charles Hood Chichele Plowden
... ...
in 1878 and until 1892 Frederick Aug. Lehmann
... ...
from 1892 Joseph Cooksey Borwick
in 1931 Winifred Jane Lyons
... ...
in 1962 Cyril W. Jacklin
in 1962 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1962 and in 1966 Henry Werro
until 1992 Uto Ughi
from 1992 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation

Known players

Uto Ughi

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Klein, Hamburg (1998) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1733; treble side matches the treble side of the 1743c "Sauret" (ID=253) and the bass side matches the bass side of the 1740c "Heifitz" (ID=97).
  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc, Chicago, IL (1992)
  • Certificate: Jean Werro, Bern (1989)
  • Certificate: Henry Werro, Bern (1967)

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.)


  • Bein & Fushi 1993 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1971, Robert Lewin, London
  • Chi Mei Museums
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (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)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 9 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 2010, Ariane Todes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Ole Bull: Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù 1744, Henry Werro, Berne (illustrated)
  • Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 1996, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Loan Exhibition of Stringed Instruments and Bows Commemorating the 70th Birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi, Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • 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
  • The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Dai Ting Chung, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1996 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, 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)
  • Violons, Vuillaume, Rémy Campos, Musée de la Musique, Paris (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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