Giuseppe Guarneri 'filius Andreae', Cremona, 1689, the 'Quarestani'

Violin: 42364

Bearing its original label, "Andreas Guarnerius fecit Cremonæ sub titulo Sanctæ Teresiæ 1689."

Back: One-piece of distinct figure sloping downwards from left to right

Top: of very fine grain, widening slightly towards the flanks. Sound holes have been enlarged

Scroll: of fainter figure

Ribs: upper and lower of wood similar to back; C-bout ribs of a less marked figure

Varnish: Dark orange on a lighter ground

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

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Noted as a collaborative work with Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea.

I Centenari Dei Guarneri, I Centenari Dei Guarneri: 1698-1998, Cremona

"This violin is a typical example of the early work of the master's production, excluding the f-holes which have been enlarged.

A well-made instrument, it has remarkable acoustical qualities.

The wood used for its construction is of an excellent quality, seen in the maple with very prominent flame, as well as in the spruce, with very fine grain at the centre of the instrument."

Nothing is known about the history of this instrument first recovered in Italy during the 1980s. It is only evident that an unskilled hand enlarged the f-holes altering forever the formal and stylistic balance of the top plate.


1985 - 1999 Emilio Quarestani
from 2003 Town of Cremona, Museo del Violino

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1985)

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  • Cremona's Instruments, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, cremonabooks, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Gli Strumenti di Cremona, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, Cremona Books, Cremona (illustrated)
  • I Centenari Dei Guarneri: 1698-1998, Consorzio Liutai e Archettai "Antonio Stradivai", Cremona (illustrated)


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