Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, c. 1733-39, the 'Willemotte, Betti'

Violin: 43003

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Reddish-brown

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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until 1894 Charles Willemotte
until 1919 Houben
1919 - 1921 W. E. Hill & Sons
1921 - 1923 Adolfo Betti
1923 - 1929 W. E. Hill & Sons
1929 - 1930 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1930 Harald Gade
until 1962 George A. Gade
1962 - 1963 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1963 University of Toronto
until 1979 Hubert Schnorr
... ...
in 2010 Current owner

Known players

Adolfo Betti

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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  • Violins & Violinists, October, 1948, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled (supplement to The Strad, June, 2010), Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 1, Duane Rosengard, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Prime Examples


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