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

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"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

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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