Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', Cremona, 1744, the 'Edith Lorand, Columbus, Terminator'

Violin: 49625

Label not original.

Back: Two-piece of plain beechwood

Varnish: Orange reddish-brown

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.15 cm

Lower bouts: 20.37 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"Not seen in Europe for many years, and evidently unknown to the Hills in 1931 when their book on Guarneri was published, it is stunning both in condition and appearance. It is the only known 'del Gesu' violin to be made from beechwood. . . In unblemished condition, this is possibly the ultimate player's instrument."

Treasures under the spotlight, John Dilworth, The Strad, February, 2010, London


in c. 1940 Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
- Edith Lorand
until 1959 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1959 Edith Eisler
in 1962 Samuel Eisenstein
1962 - 1977 Richard Burgin
1977 - 2006 Richard D. Colburn Foundation
in 2006 Sold by Peter Biddulph
from 2006 Dextra Musica

Known players

Henning Kraggerud, Richard Burgin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Harry A. Duffy, Miami, FL (1977)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962) C-2969.
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1959)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1958)

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.)


  • Ole Bull 2010: Dextra Musica Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 2010, John Dilworth, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)


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