Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c. 1780-83, the 'Kosman'

Violin: 42648

Labeled, "Jo. Bapt Guadagnini / Cremonensis alumnus Antonii Stradivari / fecit Taurini." [last two digits of the date are illegible].

Stylistically this instrument is consistent with the period 1780-83 but historically it has also been referred to as 1773 and 1779.

Back: One-piece of medium curl

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.4 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Sold by Max Möller & Son
until 1897 Hippolyte C. Silvestre
from 1897 Elkan Kosman
in 1947 Sold by William Moennig & Son
... ...
in 1993 Sold by Christie's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1955)
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1938)
  • Receipt: H. C. Silvestre, Paris (1897)

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.)


  • The Strad 2000 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 3, 1993, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Violins & Violinists, February-March, 1947, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1998, Duane Rosengard, Orpheus, London (illustrated)


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