Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1732, the 'Kreisler, Nachez'

Violin: 40549

Bearing its original label, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremona Anno 1732."

Back: Two-piece of irregular broad curl ascending from the joint

Top: of pine of medium grain in the center opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of broad curl

Ribs: marked by a medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.35 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.05 cm

There are 9 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1872 W. E. Hill & Sons
1872-1876 John Thornley
in 1876 Sold by Foster Auction House
from 1876 O'Reilly
in 1904 Sold by Hart & Son
in 1904 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
Tivador Nachèz
until 1921 Fritz Kreisler
from 1921 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1925 R. Cliff Durant
... ...
in 1931 Anonymous
... ...
from 1940 Alexander Davis
Geraldo Modern
in 1976 Sold by Sotheby's
... ...
in 1983 Helen Dowling
until 1999 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
from 1999 and in 2002 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
from 2003 Takako Nishizaki
in 2013 Current owner

Known players

Fritz Kreisler, Takako Nishizaki

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1999)
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1983) #2400.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1940) #7944.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1939)
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1932) To Mr. Freeman, giving the history of the violin.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1931)
  • Letter: Fritz Kreisler, Vienna (1921)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1904) Endorsed on the reverse by Tivador Nachez 9-2-1921 and J. C. Freeman for the Rudolph Wurlitzer company.

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.)


  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin (1925), Alberto Bachman, The Library Press Limited, London
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Bundesministerium für Inneres, Austria (Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs)
  • Correspondence with Cozio member, December, 2006
  • Interpol Database of Stolen Art
  • Kreisler’s Violins, Cozio Carteggio feature, Tully Potter, 2017
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 25, 1976, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin, Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu, 1732, "ex Kreisler" (unpublished monograph), Machold Rare Violins, Vienna (illustrated)


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