Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, 1850, the 'Paganini, Kreisler'


Violin: 50679

Labeled, "Joseph Guarnerius 1743"

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

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Notes:

"Ce violon est conçu d'apres le Guarneri del Gesù de Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) qui fut pendant une quinzaine d'années le modele Guarneri sur lequel Vuillaume travailla le plus."

violons, Vuillaume, edited by Rémy Campos, Violons, Vuillaume, Paris


"Charles Beare, of J. & A, Beare in London, tells of a del Gesu sale unwittingly sabotaged by Kreisler and the Vuillaume. A Wurlitzer customer had nearly decided to purchase a del Gesu offered by Wurlitzer, but returned it immediately after hearing Kreisler at a weekend concert. The customer told Wurlitzer that after hearing Kreisler play he realized that Kreisler's 1733 del Gesu was far superior to the one he was considering, and asked Wurlitzer to let him know when a better example came along. Wurlitzer subsequently mentioned the incident to Kreisler, who responded that for the concert in question he had not played the del Gesu. The Wurlitzer instrument had lost to the Vuillaume -- and to Kreisler's artistry!"

Alternating Voices, Michael Darnton, The Strad, January, 1987, London

Provenance

until 1925 W. E. Hill & Sons
1925 - 1960 Fritz Kreisler
from 1960 Etienne Boegner
in 1987 Christian Boegner
... ...
in 1998 Current owner

Known players

Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Hassid

References

  • The Strad, January, 1987, Michael Darnton, London (illustrated)
  • Violons, Vuillaume, edited by Rémy Campos, Musée de la Musique, Paris (illustrated)

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