Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza, 1747, the 'Antoncich'

Violin: 42382

Bearing its original label, "Joannes Baptista filius Laurentii Guadagnini fecit Placentiae 1747."

The violin is first recorded in 1887, when it was sold by W.E. Hill & Sons to a Mr. H. Porter of Russell Square, London, for £110. Hills sold the violin again in 1913 to Leon Kon for Paul Kochański (Kon was Kochański's father-in-law) for £600

Back: One-piece cut on the slab of irregular broad curl

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: golden-orange

Length of back: 35.5 cm

There are 8 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Pedro d'Andurain
in 1925 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
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in 1949 Antonio Antoncich
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in 1989 Sold by Sotheby's
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in 2021 Sold by Ingles & Hayday

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (2021)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1925)

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  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 30, 1989, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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