Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1715-22, the 'Billotet-Guilet'

Violin: 40680

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius filius Andreae" with a dedication to St. Theresie, 1715.

Back: in one-piece, of quarter-cut maple with narrow flame that drops slightly to the bass side; a small wing has been added to the treble side.

Top: of medium grain, widening slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to one of the ribs.

Ribs: also quarter-cut, with wider flaming.

Varnish: Orange to reddish-brown over a golden-yellow base

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1965 Billotet family
1965-1973 Daniel Guilet
1973-1977 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
in 1977 Anonymous
1977-1993 Christa Morneweg
1993-2001 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
from 2001 and in 2002 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Daniel Guilet, David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, Lidia Baich

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1999)
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1977) #2118.
  • Letter: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1973)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1968)

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.)


  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona 1727, Ex-Guilet, Machold Rare Violins (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan (illustrated)
  • Startseite - Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Way They Play: Book 2, Samuel and Sada Applebaum, Paganinianana Publications, Neptune City, NJ (illustrated)
  • Wiener KammerOrchester | Vienna Chamber Orchestra


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