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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Notes:

"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

Provenance

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

Known players

Elliot Golub, Paolo Spagnoletti

References

  • The Strad, February, 2005, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • 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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