Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1741, the 'Henry Holst'

Violin: 44998

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremone ann 1742 IHS."

Back: Two-piece of medium curl ascending slightly from the joint

Top: of very fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of faint medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.3 cm

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


"In a letter from Hill's to Henry Holst, something of the violin's history (which went back to 1869) was related and its uathenticity was confirmed, although there were additional signs of another hand in the making."

Hills, Sotheby's and Paul Voigt versus The Rest, Robert Lewin, The Strad, July, 1989, London


Baron Emil d'Erlanger
Baron D'Erlanger's son
until 1946 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1946 Current owner

Known players

Henry Holst

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Paul Voigt, London (1980)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1946)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1946) To Henry Holst.
  • Receipt: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1946)

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  • The Strad, July, 1989, Robert Lewin, London
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 30, 1989, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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