Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Parma, 1767, the 'James'

Violin: 42594

Back: Two-piece of small curl

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Dark nut-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


in 1938 Ethel James
... ...
in 1945 Eric R. Dale
in 1949 Sold by William Lewis & Sons
... ...
in 1976 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1938)

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  • The Strad, July, 1945, London (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Lewis Collection of Old Violins, Old Violas, Cellos & Bows (1947), William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Fall, 1976, William Moennig & son, Philadelphia (illustrated)


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