Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1744, the 'Prince of Orange, Wald, Hoffmann'

Violin: 42581

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.55 cm

Middle bouts: 11.15 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.


". . . Shortly afterward [1921], the violin entered the international market through Emil Herrmann and Max Möller. It was given the name 'Prince of Orange' by one or both of them, perhaps in a vague allusion to Baron Bentinck."

Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Cremona


Sold by Max Möller & Son
Charles Adolph Maucotel
Louis Zimmermann
until 1868 Baron Arnold A. Bentinck van Nijenhuis
1868-1881 Charles Windham Stanhope, 7th Earl of Harrington
from 1880 David Johnson
in 1885 William Crompton
until 1894 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1894 Gerrit Veerman
until 1897 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1897 K. B. Dvorak
... ...
from 1897 and in 1919 Karel Hoffmann
in 1921 Wald
... ...
in 1937 Jan W. L. van Oordt
until 1941 Max Möller & Son
from 1941 R. F. Zinkann
in 1952 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
until 1958 Emil Herrmann, New York
in 1958 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1958 George Schlieps
from 1958 David Nadien
in 1967 George Schlieps & Son
... ...
from 1974 Czech State Collection

Known players

Josef Suk (II)

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (2013)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (2013)
  • Certificate: Wurlitzer, New York, NY
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam

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.)


  • Classical Music - Streaming Classical Music
  • Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1967, London
  • Italiaansche Vioolbouw, Max Möller, Max Möller N. V., Amsterdam
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Private Papers
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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