Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1743, the 'Baron Heath'


Violin: 43582

Original label: "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremone Anno 1743 HIS"

Back: Two-piece marked by a medium curl descending from the joint

Top: of pine of fine grain broadening towards the edges

Ribs: of wood similar to back; the bottom rib uncut

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

The boxwood tailpiece is inlaid with gold and enamel with the armorial bearings of the Guarneri family.

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, London

Provenance

until 1870 Carl Zack
until 1869 W. E. Hill & Sons
1869 - 1879 Baron Heath
from 1879 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by August Herrmann
- Carl von Siemens
from 1910 Stokken
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1925 - 1926 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1926 Mrs. Felix Kahn
in 1931 Franz Kneisel
until 1941 Mrs. Felix Kahn
in 1941 Sold by Emil Herrmann
1941 - 1957 John Nicholas Brown
1957 - 1979 Sam Bloomfield
1979 - 1988 Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
in 1988 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1988 Current owner

Known players

Samuel Dushkin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1957)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1941)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1928)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)

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References

  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1994, Stewart Pollens, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Bloomfield Collection Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 29, 1972, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad, June, 1972, Robert Lewin, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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