Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1736, the 'Pollitzer, Koessler'


Violin: 43519

Original label: "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremone anno 1736 IHS"

Back: One-piece, cut on the slab

Top: Of pine, the grain fairly open on the treble side, becoming finer towards the bass side; from the same log as the "D'Egville" of 1735

Scroll: Of plainer wood

Ribs: Marked by a broad curl of medium width being cut the right way of the grain

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm


Notes:

The thickest part of the back is a full 6 mm, suggesting that it has not been subjected to "scraping" like so many other del Gesu instruments.

The Pollitzer-Koessler Joseph Guarnerius Del Gesu, The Strad, May, 1974, London


Described and illustrated in "The Strad," May 1974.

Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 18, 1997, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 18, 1997, London, London

Provenance

- Luigi Tarisio
- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1850 Claude A. Miremont
1850 - 1900 Adolphe Pollitzer
1900 - 1919 Charles Morris
1919 - 1920 Hart & Son
from 1920 Dr. Karl Koessler
- Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1932 Enoch G. Megrue
... ...
from 1951 Margaret Sittig
until 1979 Bein & Fushi, Inc
in 1979 Sam Bloomfield
1979 - 1997 Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
in 1997 Sold by Sotheby's

Known players

Adolphe Pollitzer, Yehudi Menuhin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) X-867, X-4203.
  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc, Chicago, IL (1979)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1932)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1932)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1932) To Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., with photos, giving the history of the instrument.
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1920)
  • Correspondence: George Hart, London (1920) To Dr. Karl Kessler (Chicago).

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.)

References

  • Celebrated Violins and Their Owners
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Bloomfield Collection Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 18, 1997, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad, May, 1974, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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