Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, c. 1732-34, the 'Perkin, Burnford'

Violin: 43012

Back: One-piece, with two small pieces inserted in the lower half

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.25 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 10.23 cm

Lower bouts: 20.46 cm

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"The violin remains in a very pure state, with a still intact one piece lower rib and the button relatively unaltered. It is likely that the corners and rib miters were originally longer and were perhaps shortened on the instructions of Count Cozio di Salabue in the early 19th century. It is interesting to note the small original insets to the lower areas of the back in this example.. The eminent firm of W.E. Hill & Sons considered this violin to be one of the four finest Bergonzis in existence."

Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Cremona

"According to a study by AFVBM (the american Federation of Violin and Bow Makers) in 2008, the locating pins of this violin are square pins with round holes, which are a unique innovation to modern violin makers."



- John Alvery Turner
1859 - 1865 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1865 Thomas Dix Perkin
- Alfonso Marconi
until 1938 W. E. Hill & Sons
1938 - 1944 H. A. Burnford
1944 - 1947 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1947 Henry Werro
until 1960 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1981 Carl Pini
- Sold by Peter Biddulph
- Theodora Geraets
in 1995 Sold by Peter Biddulph
until 1995 Andreas Post
from 1995 Heinrich Hereth
- Hans-Joachim Sander
from 2007 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation

Known players

Carl Pini

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1960)

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  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 12 (illustrated)
  • Carl Pini: a profile
  • Violins & Violinists, February-March, 1949, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled (supplement to The Strad, June, 2010), Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Dai-Ting Chung, consultant for the Chi-Mei Foundation, November, 2007
  • Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1995, John Dilworth, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1995, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Dai Ting Chung, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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