Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1732, the 'Pixis'


Violin: 43699

Label not original.

Back: One-piece of broad curly maple

Top: of close-grained spruce

Ribs: of wood matching back; unusually thick

Varnish: Red

Length of back: 34.9 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 11 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:

The date of this instrument is listed as 1732 by the Hills.

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, London


"According to Mr. Phipps Jr., his father (in consultation with his uncle, John S. Phipps, a violin collector) purchased the instrument in 1943 for his musically gifted son from Mr. Bennett's widow, Katherine D. Bennett. (According to an announcement from the American Art Association's Anderson Galleries in New York, Mr. Bennett's entire collection was put up for sale in 1932, but in light of Mr. Phipps's account, the instrument was presumably not sold."

A Living Legacy, Lisa Robinson, A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, New Jersey

Provenance

- Friederich Wilhelm Pixis
until 1880 Louis Turban
1880 - 1885 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1885 Gilbert Watson
until 1892 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1892 Sold by Hamma & Co.
from 1892 Ernst Kessler
in 1931 Theodore Spiering
- Sold by Nathan E. Posner
until 1932 John Hudson Bennett
in 1932 Sold by Anderson Galleries Inc.
... ...
from 1943 Howard Phipps, Sr.
until 2000 Howard Phipps, Jr.
from 2000 Juilliard School of Music

Known players

Ani Kavafian, Fredrich Wilhelm Pixis, Theodore Spiering

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)

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References

  • A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, Lisa Robinson, Amadeus Press, New Jersey (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Friedrich Brothers Rare Old Violins (1919), Ernest N. Doring, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York (illustrated)
  • The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931

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