Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, c. 1733-36, the 'Bennett, Reifenberg, Brooks'

Violin: 42387

Labeled, "Anno 1733 Carlo Bergonzi fece in Cremona."

Read Jason Price's Carteggio feature on this violin.

Back: One-piece

Scroll: Probably not the original.

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1883 Emile Germain
in 1883 Sold by David Laurie
in 1883 Sold by Siegfried Jacoby
from c. 1883 Richard Bennett
in 1889 Frederick Smith
in 1892 Sold by Alfred W. Gilmer & Co.
from 1892 Thomas Oddie
in 1897 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1897 and in 1897 Silvestre
from 1897 Hugo Henri Reifenberg
in 1934 Sold by Charles Enel
until 1952 Robert C. Sorrell
in 1952 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1952-1958 Louis E. Brooks
in 1957 Sold by Kenneth Warren & Son
from 1957 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc. (photocopy), New York, NY (1952)
  • Letter: Alfred W. Gilmer & Co. (photocopy), Birmingham

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  • The Strad, August, 1961, London (illustrated)
  • Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled (supplement to The Strad, June, 2010), Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)


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