Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, 1751, the 'Sametini'

Violin: 42409

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Placentinus fecit Mediolani 1751."

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right

Top: of fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of curl similar to back

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.25 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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Sold by John Hornsteiner
until 1900 George Hart
from 1900 H. G. Walter
until 1944 Leon Sametini
until 1946 Robert L. Sametini
in 1949 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1949-1966 Walter Spolar
in 1966 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
in 1966 Fred Ottenheimer
from 1966 Florence Gay
in 2008 The Roman Goronok Company
from 2008 Current owner

Known players

Leon Sametini

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1966)

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  • The Strad 1998 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Private Archives - 1610
  • Private Papers
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 21, 1995, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Violins & Violinists, September, 1943, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Roman Goronok Company


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