Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza, 1743, the 'Havemeyer'

Cello: 44245

Labeled, "Joannes Baptista filius Laurentii Guadagnini fecit Placentiæ."

Illustrated in “Giovanni Battista Guadagnini" by Duane Rosengard, pp. 180-183.

Read Jason Price's feature on this cello.

Back: in two pieces of poplar with flames descending slightly from the center seam

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium-width grain broadening towards the edges.

Scroll: similar

Ribs: of similar wood

Varnish: of a golden orange brown color.

Length of back: 70.5 cm

Upper bouts: 34.0 cm

Middle bouts: 23.7 cm

Lower bouts: 41.5 cm

There are 8 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Henry Osborne Havemeyer
- Horace Havemeyer
- Anonymous
until 1930 Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer
until 2016 Judith Davidoff Rosen
until 2016 Anonymous
in 2016 Sold by Tarisio
from 2016 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, New York, NY (2016)
  • Certificate: Beare Violins Ltd, London (2016)
  • Letter: Beare Violins Ltd, London (2016)
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2016) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1710 and 1733 respectively. Written report available for purchase upon request.

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Duane Rosengard, Carteggio Media, Haddonfield, NJ (illustrated)
  • The Estate of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, American Art Association, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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