Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1731, the 'Sorkin, Mischakoff'

Violin: 42178

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, with relatively narrow flames ascending from the centre joint.

Top: Two asymmetrical halves

Scroll: unflamed maple

Ribs: intensely flamed

Varnish: Light orange-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 15.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

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


"The ex-Sorkin Guarneri was originally thought to be a Strad, by the way, and my father was the one who told Hill & Sons that he thought it was a Guarneri, which they verified. It used to be called the 'Mischakoff' for that reason."

Correspondence with Anne Mischakoff Heiles


Leonard Sorkin
in 1940 Mischa Mischakoff
... ...
from 1993 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
until 1997 Dr. G. Austin
in 1997 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
1997-1998 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
from 1998 and in 2002 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Anton Sorokow, Leonard Sorkin, Wolfgang Sengstschmid

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1998)
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1995)
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1993)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1940)

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.)


  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Anne Mischakoff Heiles, June, 2006
  • Correspondence with Anton Sorokow, March, 2006
  • Correspondence with Anton Sorokow, June, 2006
  • Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù, Cremona 1731, Ex-"Sorkin", Amati, New York (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Startseite - Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)


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