Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, 1752, the 'Kneisel'

Violin: 42423

Back: One-piece with narrow flame descending from left to right

Top: of fine grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of wider curl than back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.45 cm


Franz Kneisel
until 1927 Felix E. Kahn
from 1927 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
until 1929 Erich Lachmann
from 1929 Hamma & Co.
until 1938 G. Winterling
from 1938 Lisa Goldmann
in 1958 Sold by William Moennig & Son
until 1966 Kenneth Warren & Son
from 1966 Robert Ivy Harrison, Jr.
until 1968 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1968 Stephen Gould
until 1987 Kenneth Warren & Son
from 1987 Anonymous
in 1988 Otto-Karl Schenk
until 1990 Jacques Français
from 1990 Manfred Leverkus
from c. 2010 Munetsugu Collection, Tokyo

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1990) #3060.
  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1988) #2870.
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1987)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1968)
  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1966)
  • Certificate: Georg Winterling, Hamburg (1938)

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.)


  • Private Papers
  • World of Strings, Spring, 1958, William Moennig & Sons, Philadelphia (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1943, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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