Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1736, the 'Lafont'

Violin: 41035

The head of the filius type but not original to the instrument. Illustrated below mounted with a Guarneri head from c. 1740, also not original to the instrument.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

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


"The Vuillaume certificate is interesting, because it refers back to Lafont, saying that this violin was his favourite and the one that he habitually used for public performances."


- Charles Philippe Lafont
- J. P. Thibout
- Charles Davis
- Dr. Simon Ramo
until 1857 James Goding
in 1857 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
in 1857 Sold by Christie & Manson
1857 - 1880 Jean de Proumansky
... ...
in 1897 Adolf Brodsky
... ...
from 1940 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1943 Anton Maaskoff
until 2013 Bein & Fushi, Inc
from 2013 Current owner

Known players

Adolf Brodsky, Nigel Kennedy, Vadim Repin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris (1857)

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.)


  • The Strad 2006 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi 1992 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Bein & Fushi Catalog, Spring, 2010, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Berühmte Geigen, December 21, 1896
  • The Strad, March, 1999, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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