Pietro Guarneri of Venice, Venice, 1747, the 'Joachim'

Violin: 48294

Labeled, "Pietro Guarnerius Filius Ioseph / Cremonensis fecit Venetijs. / Anno 1747."

Head by Andrea Guarneri.

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: not original

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 35.4 cm

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"These facts are contained in the biographical story 'Joseph Joachim, ein Lebensbild' written by Paul Moser, in the first chapter. Moser was a pupil and close friend of Joachim, with whom he collaborated in the preparation of the biography. In the first edition of the work (Berlin 1899-?-) he refers to the violin as an Andreas Amati, in the later edition (1908) as a Petrus Guarneri, the change having probably been due to the opinion given by the Berlin dealer an connoisseur Hammig who did most of Joachim's repair work during his later years."

Pietro Guarneri of Venice: Son of Giuseppe Filius Andrea, Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, October, 1943, Chicago


Stanislaw Serwaczynski
Joseph Joachim
Johannes Joachim
Harold Joachim
in 1942 and until 1943 William Lewis & Sons
in 1943 Dr. Eugenio Sturchio
until 1987 Jouko Ilvonen
1988-2016 Lykle Lykles
from 2016 Current owner

Known players

Adelina Hasani, Jouko Ilvonen, Lykle Lykles

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: John & Arthur Beare, London (2007) "This is to confirn that we have examined the violin labelled Pietro Guarneri with the date 1747, and are of the opinion that the body of the instrument is original. The front has been completely re-edged and repurfled, an inexplicable repair that one sometimes sees, but the soundholes are just what one expects from a late Peter Guarneri of Venice. The scroll is not original."
  • Letter: John & Arthur Beare, London (1988)
  • Certificate: William Lewis & Sons, Chicago, IL (1943) #3769.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1943)

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  • Correspondence with Lykle Lykles, June, 2010
  • Correspondence with owner, 5-23-2003
  • Violins & Violinists, October, 1943, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, August-September, 1942, William Lewis & Son, Chicago


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