Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, 1776, the 'Lachmann-Schwechter'

Violin: 40880

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini, Cremonensis fecit Taurini 1776 GBGT."

Back: in one piece of slab cut maple with medium narrow irregular curl.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium width grain narrowing toward the center seam and broadening toward the edges.

Scroll: of plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar wood cut on the quarter.

Varnish: of an orange-brown color.

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.0 cm

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Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
Arnold Schwechter
Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
in 1942 Roger N. Chittolini
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in 1952 Roger N. Chittolini
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in 1966 Sold by Lyon & Healy
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in 1984 Anonymous
until 2017 Anonymous
in 2017 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2017 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2017) Dates the latest ring of both sides as 1758.
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann, Berlin (1952)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1943)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1942)

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.)


  • Count Cozio of Salabue: Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont, Giovanni Accornero, Ivan Epicoco & Eraldo Guerci, Edizione Il Salabue (illustrated)
  • Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Duane Rosengard, Carteggio Media, Haddonfield, NJ (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1985, Roger Hargrave, London (illustrated)
  • Private Papers
  • Loan Exhibition of Stringed Instruments and Bows Commemorating the 70th Birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi, Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 1985, Tully Potter, London (illustrated)
  • The Emil Hermann Collection - Part II, Andy Lim & Gregory Singer, Darling Publications, Cologne / New York (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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