Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, 1774

Viola: 43663

Bearing its original label, "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini / Cremonensis fecit Taurini / alumnus Antoni Stradivari 1774."

Back: One-piece marked by faint irregular curl

Top: one-piece, marked by an open wavy grain

Scroll: not original, probably by Laurentius Storioni

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Chestnut-brown

Length of back: 40.8 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1948 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1948 Watson Forbes
in 1978 Sold by Phillip's

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1948) Notes that the date on the label is probably 1774, though it could also be read as 1777.

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  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1950, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • The Strad, March, 1949, London (illustrated)
  • Phillip's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 18, 1978, London, Phillip's, Phillip's, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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