Pietro Guarneri of Venice, Venice, 1750, the 'Bailly'


Violin: 43554

Original label

Back: Two-piece of broad curl ascending slightly from the center joint

Top: of narrow even grain, somewhat wider on the bass side

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

This instrument was featured in a full-page notice posted by Guarneri House after it was stolen in 1985.

Stolen Violin, The Strad, August, 1985, London


Letter from Steven Reiley to Jacques Francais, May 23, 1985 reporting the instrument to have been stolen: "The violin is in mint condition, showing only a small crack in the upper bass side next to the neck and extending about one inch, from the edge towards the end of the bass bar."

The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC

Provenance

until 1929 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1931 Louis Bailly
... ...
in 1985 Guarneri House
c. 1985 - c. 1990 Reported stolen
from c. 1990 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1977)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929) "We consider this instrument a characteristic and well preserved example of the maker's work."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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References

  • Italienische Violinen des 18. Jahrhunderts, John Huber, Verlag Erwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 1985, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 60 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)
  • William Moennig Catalog, date unknown, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia (illustrated)

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