Matteo Goffriller, Venice, 1730, the 'Baillot'


Violin: 42874


Notes:

"In his book "Reminiscences of a Fiddler Dealer," David Laurie devotes an entire chapter to the story of this instrument, which had been widely assumed to be a Strad before Baillot's son attempted to sell it to pay for his retirement. When Baillot's son attempted to have it certified as a Strad, the experts demurred, but did not immediately identify it as a Gofriller instrument. Baillot's son decided not to sell the instrument and it was not until he had died that the instrument found its way into the hands of Louis Doyen, the maker still unidentified. It wasn't until the 1930s that the Hill brothers finally identified the instrument's maker as Matteo Gofriller."

Matteo Gofriller of Venice - Part III, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, August-September, 1949, Chicago

Provenance

- Pierre Baillot
- Réné Baillot
- Louis Doyen
until 1916 Caressa & Francais
from 1916 Lyon & Healy
- M. Zamustin
- Sold by Lyon & Healy
- Harald Gade
- Current owner

References

  • Violins & Violinists, June-July, 1949, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, August-September, 1949, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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