Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, c. 1690, the 'Josefowitz'

Viola: 46737

Labeled, "Andrea Guarnerius fecit Cremonae sub, titulo Sanctae Seresiae 1690."

Read Jason Price's Carteggio feature on this viola.

The head not original, possibly by Giacomo Gennaro. Illustrated in Sotheby's "Four Centuries of Violin Making" (p. 322-323).

Back: One-piece cut on the slab with slightly faint narrow width horizontal flames. With original wings in the flanks

Top: in two pieces of spruce with grain broadening towards the edges.

Scroll: not original, possibly by Giacomo Gennaro

Ribs: quarter cut maple with medium width flame

Varnish: of a golden-orange brown colour

Length of back: 41.3 cm

Upper bouts: 19.65 cm

Middle bouts: 13.15 cm

Lower bouts: 24.2 cm

There are 20 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


in 1972 Sold by Max Möller & Son
1972-2001 Dr. Hans Specht
in 2001 Sold by Sotheby's
from 2001 Anonymous
until 2019 Anonymous
in 2019 Sold by Tarisio
from 2019 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, New York, NY (2019)
  • Letter: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1972)
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1972)
  • Certificate: Hans Schicker, Freiburg (1962)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad, April, 2002, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 2002, David Rattray, Orpheus, London (illustrated)


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