Pietro Guarneri of Mantua, Mantua, 1686, the 'Duke of Mantua, Viret'


Violin: 42064

Labeled, "Petrus Guarnerius Cremonensis filius Andreae, fecit Mantuae sub. tit. Sanctae Teresiae 1686".

Originally decorated with ivory and mastic inlay at the edges which was converted to a double purfling design by the Hills after the publication of their 1931 book on the Guarneri family makers.

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with medium flame.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium grain broadening slightly toward the edges.

Ribs: of similar wood.

Varnish: of an orangish brown color.

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Embroidered with ivory around the edges.

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, London


By the time of the 1937 Stradivari Celebration, the ivory embroidery had been removed, but the ebony ornamentation remained.

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Cremona

Provenance

until 1900 Hamma & Co.
... ...
in 1937 Paul Deschamps
- Sándor Végh
until 2015 Anonymous
in 2015 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2015 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1951)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1951)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1948) "It is illustrated in our work on the life of Guarneri pp 46/47 showing ivory insets around the edge, owing to these being a source of trouble and continually coming loose, they were removed by the late Mr. Alfred Hill at the owner's request."
  • Certificate: Silvestre & Maucotel, Paris (1938)
  • Document: Bicentenario Stradivariano, Cremona (1937) Confirming the participation of this violin in the 1937 Exhibition.

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References

  • Alte Geigen (Hamma, 1898), Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mitteralter bis zur Gegenwart, Willibald Leo von Lütgendorff, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 8 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 57 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)

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