Santo Serafin, Venice, 1730, the 'Bronislaw Gimpel'

Violin: 45816

Labeled, "Sanctus Seraphin Utinensis Fecit Venetijs anno 1730."

Back: One-piece of broad, almost horizontal, curl

Top: of fine grain in the center, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: of broader figure

Ribs: of smaller curl

Varnish: Dark golden-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1929 Dr. Thaddeus Rich
... ...
in 1939 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1939 Bronislaw Gimpel
in 2006 Current owner

Known players

Bronislaw Gimpel, Mariko Smiley

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1939)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1933) "This violin is a characteristic example of the early period of the maker's work."
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London (1933) "The above violin is possessed of a first-rate tone and I consider it an excellent example of its period."

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  • Correspondence with owner, 5-23-2003
  • Home (illustrated)
  • Phillip's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 12, 2001, London, Phillip's, Phillip's, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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