Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, c. 1715-22, the 'Frank, Sin'
Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit / Cremonae anno 1727."
Back: One-piece of medium curl descending from left to right
Top: of medium grain
Scroll: of broader figure
Ribs: of small curl
Length of back: 35.5 cm
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Notes:The false Joseph Guarnerius filius Andrea label that was on the instrument when Wurlitzer examined it in 1954 has been replaced.
Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Christie's, Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, London
|in 1954||Adam Frank|
|until 1971||Jacques Français|
|from 1971||Cho-Ming Sin|
|in 1988||Sold by Christie's|
Certificates & Documents
- Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1972) #901.
- Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1954)
- Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1954) States that the instrument carries a reproduction of a label of Joseph Guarnerius filius Andrea. The letter states "According to Hill, he [del Gesù] had left his father's shop in the year 1723 and we could expect him to use his own labels from that year on. Your violin, however, has the characteristics of a slightly earlier work and we therefore date it from around 1720 . . . . Your instrument is a very bold type which we sometimes meet with even at this early period and we congratulate you on having been able to acquire it."
- Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London To Adam Frank.
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- Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
- Private Archives - 10746
- The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)