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 3 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


- Charles Adolph Maucotel
- Louis Zimmermann
- Sold by Max Möller & Son
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
... ...
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 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
until 1958 Emil Herrmann, New York
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 Papers
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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