Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza, 1744, the 'Foltzer'

Violin: 40999

Bearing its original label, "Joannes Baptista filius Laurentji Gua / dagnini fecit Placentiae 1744."

Back: One-piece of medium curl

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown over a lighter ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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in 1937 Camillo Foltzer
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in 1967 Rolf Habisreutinger
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in 1984 Sold by Bongartz's
from 1984 Geoffrey Wharton
in 1989 Sold by Christie's

Known players

Geoffrey Wharton


  • Bongartz advertisement
  • Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 9, 1984, Cologne, Bongartz's, Bongartz's, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1989, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Die Kunst des Geigenbaues (1997), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Berlin, 1997 (illustrated)
  • Feine Streichinstrumente und Bögen, Geigenauktionen Bongartz, Aachen (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 1967, London (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Taxe der Streichinstrumente (6th edition), Albert Fuchs, Musikverlag Friedrich Hofmeister, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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