Giuseppe Guarneri 'filius Andreae', Cremona, 1729

Cello: 43989

Bearing its original label.

Collaboration with his son, Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

Back: of plain poplar

Top: four-piece. Believed to be made by 'del Gesù'.

Scroll: of beech

Ribs: of beech

Length of back: 74.2 cm

Upper bouts: 34.6 cm

Middle bouts: 23.5 cm

Lower bouts: 43.4 cm

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"The 1729 cello came to light in the early 1970s when it was purchased by J. & A. Beare Ltd from a noble Italian family during whose ownership it had remained almost unused. It was restored by Beares and sold to an established performer who has owned it ever since. "

Filius and son, Robin Aitchison, The Strad, November, 1998, London

On loan to the Australian Chamber Orchestra cellist Julian Thompson.


Sold by John & Arthur Beare
until 2007 Peter Weiss
from 2007 Australia Council
from 2007 Peter Weiss
from 2007 Australian Chamber Orchestra

Known players

Julian Thompson, ACO, Liwei Qin, Nathan Waks, Timo-Veikko Valve (ACO)

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London "This instrument is a good and characteristic example of the late period of the maker's [Filius's] work, assisted, at least in the making of the front, by his son Joseph Guarneri del Gesù."

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  • 1729 Guarneri Cello; ACO website
  • BIOGRAPHY - Liweicello
  • The Strad, November, 1998, Robin Aitchison, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London
  • J. & A. Beare - Notable Sales


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