Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1728, the 'Corti, Tolstopiatow, Lvoff'

Violin: 42441

Label not original, dated 1730.

Back: In one piece of slab cut maple.

Varnish: Golden-brown


Count Cozio's notes, February 8, 1822 [possibly referring to this instrument]: "Violins owned by General [...] Robert, made by Giuseppe Guarneri. The label, with a small printing, says Joseph Guarnerius, Andreae nepos fecit Cremonae anno 1730. The numbers 30 are written using fresh black ink.

Large model, measurements are listed below. One-piece back, made in foreign wood with uneven lengthwise grain going on the G string side. It is generally intact, except for the button which was probably broken. It is in fact visible an ebony dowel put in the middle of the button which was reduced to half of a circle; two similar dowels were badly inserted below the purfling of the upper patch. The back has also two maple dowels put in just below the purfling of the upper two patches, almost in Stradivari's style. The edges are little raised, not a too fine work. The purfling is not perfect, as well as in mine [violin] made in 1740. Red varnish, which is missing in many parts. . . .

The F-holes are good work and long, with large corners - particularly the one on the left hand side. The neck's scroll is good work, with a large body but with much barbetta in the Stradivari style. The scroll has a black outline all around; ebony peg and button, [...] in mother-of-pearl. In order to push the neck backwards, the bar was cut off at the end and at the heel. The bass bar is small and it seems to have been replaced [...] from the G-string. The corners are quite long and straight; however, the two on the upper top are worn out. Large and well levelled arching." (p. 275)

Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore


in 1822 General Roberto
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in 1860 Alexis Feodorovich Lvov
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1900 - 1918 Letunowski
1919 - 1929 Mischa Mischakoff
until 1931 Emil Herrmann, New York
1931 - 1951 Professor Mario Corti
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in 1965 Arnold Schwechter
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in 1978 Current owner

Known players

Toshiya Eto

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart

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  • In Competition
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore
  • The Emil Hermann Collection - Part II, Andy Lim & Gregory Singer, Darling Publications, Cologne / New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad, July, 1965, London (illustrated)


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