Giovanni Battista Grancino I, Milan, 1693

Violin: 43612

Labeled, "Giouanni Grancino in Contrada Largha di Milano al segno della Corona 1693."

Back: Two-piece of broad curl

Top: of fairly fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back but of fainter curl

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm


until 1923 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1923 Sir Ernest Craig
until 1939 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1939 Miss E. Evalda
until 1965 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1965 Justice Lionel Jellinek
until 1968 W. E. Hill & Sons
1968 - 1979 C. E. Horton
in 1979 Sold by Sotheby's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1968) States that the instrument is in an exceptionally fine state of preservation.

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  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 8, 1979, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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