Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1734, the 'Spagnoletti'

Violin: 46715

Back: One-piece

Scroll: probably by filius Andrea

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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"Another question suggests itself. Where is now the violin of Spagnoletti, since the sad death at sea of Sir Howard Elphinstone ? That is a question which I am unable to answer. All I can say is, that it was one of those exceedingly rare examples of a genuine " Joseph Guarnerius." It required no documents or "title deeds " to prove that point."

The Violins of Spagnoletti, Dr. T. L. Phipson, The Strad, 1898, London


Sold by George Hart
Emanuel Mohr
John Réne Payne
until 1817 General Alexander Kyd
from 1817 Paolo Diana Spagnoletti
in 1885 Sir Howard Elphinstone
until 1940 John & Arthur Beare
from 1940 A. J. de Reyghere
in 1953 Sold by William Moennig & Son
from 1953 Myron Kartman
until 1958 Samuel Kartman
in 1958 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1958 Arthur E. Baecht
in 2004 Current owner

Known players

Elliott Golub, Paolo Spagnoletti


  • The Strad, February, 2005, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • World of Strings, Fall, 1955, William Moennig & Sons, Philadelphia (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1898, Dr. T. L. Phipson, London, Mar 1898
  • String Player, Vol. 4, No. 2 (illustrated)


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