Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Cremona, 1758, the 'Briggs'


Violin: 42557

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini fecit Cremonae 1758."

Back: Two-piece slab-cut of irregular medium to narrow curl

Top: of medium even grain

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: cut on the quarter of medium to narrow curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Provenance

- Sold by J. W. Briggs
until 1929 John & Arthur Beare
from 1929 Nathan E. Posner
in 1983 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1931)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1895)

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References

  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 7, 1983, Part I, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)

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