Giuseppe Guarneri 'filius Andreae', Cremona, 1716, the 'Serdet'


Violin: 41967

Labeled, "Ioseph Guarnerius filius Andree fecit/Cremone sub titulo S, Teresie 1716."

Variously ascribed to Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu.

Back: Two-piece

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of plain figure, similar to back

Ribs: of narrow figure

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.

Provenance

- Sold by Paul Serdet
- Sold by Émile Français
- Finck
in 1962 Henry Hottinger
in 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1965 America-Israel Cultural Foundation
- Miriam Fried
until 1985 Jacques Français
1985 - 2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Anonymous
in 2014 Current owner

Known players

Ilya Grubert, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Mihaela Martin, Miriam Fried, Nina Beilina, Shlomo Mintz, Vladimir Spivakov

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1985) #2118. It is “actually the work of Giuseppe Del Gesù made in the shop of his father Joseph, filius Andreas, and is genuine of this make in all its parts…This instrument is made on the pattern of the father, Joseph Guarnerius, and clearly shows the hand of Giuseppe Guaranerius, and is in an excellent state of preservation….[and is] an early representative specimen of the work of del Gesù.”
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1965) ". . . . made ... in the shop of Joseph Guarnieri as indicated by its original label dated 1715 and shows the collaboration of his son Joseph del Gesù…"
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1965) To the America-Israel Foundation: "At the time it was made, del Gesù was eighteen years old, and since the normal apprenticeship in Italy started at the most at the age of twelve, when this instrument was made he was already a full-fledged craftsman, and as you will note, had developed most of the characteristics which made his later work so famous. It has been our observation in the few fine early examples of this type which we have seen that particularly in the tonal results his instruments already far surpassed the work of his father. We find it to be a first rate concert instrument and we are delighted to know you are making it available to such a talented young artist [the young Itzhak Perlman]."
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962) ". . . . Made … in the shop of Joseph Guarnieri as indicated by its original label dated 1715 and shows the collaboration of his son Joseph del Gesù…"
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London Attributes the instrument to filius Andrea.

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References

  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • The Star Ledger, Mark Mueller, New Jersey, August 1, 2004
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)

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