Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1736, the 'Wieniawski'

Violin: 43840

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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


The instrument was appraised for $1.8 million by Jacques Francais in 1992.

Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection


in 1875 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1875 - 1888 Henry Boyer
in 1888 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1904 Robert Borwick
... ...
c. 1910 - 1927 Alexander Henry Morris
from 1927 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1972 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1972 Stanley J. Goodman
until 1988 Jacques Français
from 1988 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
- Curtis Institute in Philadelphia

Known players

Henri Wieniawski, Pamela Frank

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1988) #2865.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1973)

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  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists (1969), Franz Farga, Frederick A Prager, New York (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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