Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1733, the 'Soil'

Violin: 42723

Back: One-piece with flames slanting upwards from left to right

Varnish: Golden red, much worn

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


in 1884 and until 1890 M. Dubosq-Lettré
... ...
in 1890 Sold by Emile Germain
1890-1911 Amédée Soil
from 1911 Caressa & Français
until 1912 W. E. Hill & Sons
1912-1924 Henri Verbrugghen
from 1924 Thomas C. Petersen
until 1928 Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1928 J. Frank Otwell
until 1944 Emil Herrmann, New York
from 1944 Henry Hottinger
1960-2003 Current owner

Known players

Tibor Varga

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1927)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY

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, April, 1984, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1984, Roger Hargrave, London (illustrated)
  • Emil Herrmann Rare Violins (Meistergeigen) 1927-28, Emil Herrmann, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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