Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, c. 1765, the 'Kingman'

Violin: 40883

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Cremonensis Fecit Parmæ *** Anno 1769 G. B. G."

Back: Two-piece of faint medium to broad curl descending from the joint

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 14 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1922 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1922 A. Kingman
in 1936 Mrs. S. G. Bacon
in 1938 Sold by Ralph P. Powell
1939 - 1940 William Lewis & Son
from 1940 Milton Cherry
in 1970 Alfred Göckel
until 2000 Anonymous
in 2000 Sold by Tarisio
from 2000 Anonymous
in 2017 Anonymous
until 2018 Anonymous
in 2018 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2018 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, London (2018)
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2017) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1747 and 1752, respectively. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2008) X-364.
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1970)
  • Certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL (1941)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1922) "A characteristic example."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Letter certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL

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.)


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1938, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Sotheby's Stringed Instruments Auction Catalog, November 12, 1987, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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