Instrument

 
Label: "Joseph Guarnerius fecit / Cremona anno 1735"
Back: One-piece
Body Length: 35.1 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.5 cm.
Center Bout: 11.15 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.25 cm.

Photos

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Iconography Index

"Italienische Streichinstrumente", Aloys Greither, Ars Musica, Heft 10 1973-1975: Color photo (f-hole).

Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002: Color photos (front & back).

Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo, 2001: Color photos (front, back & side).

Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957: Black-and-white photos (front & back - from the Hamma archive).

Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù, Cremona 1735, Ex-"Ladenburg", Machold Rare Violins, 1998: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll).

Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993: Black-and-white photos (front, back, side, scroll, f-hole & C-bout). Order

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Color photos (front, back & side - initialed by Emil Herrmann and dated 1734).


Notes

"The instrument's owner, Dietmar Machold of Machold Rare Violins, agreed to let Mr. McDuffie keep playing the Ladenburg (named for the German banking family that owned it in the mid-19th century) while he looked for a way to pay for it. That long and arduous quest, full of false starts and harsh doses of reality, came to a successful conclusion yesterday in the office of the Wall Street law firm Seward & Kissel. There, a group of 16 investors calling itself 1735 del Gesu Partners L.P., officially purchased the Ladenburg from Mr. Machold for the express purpose of leasing it to Mr. McDuffie.

There are 16 partners in all, including Mr. McDuffie and Mr. Machold; the shares cost $100,000 each. Mr. McDuffie does not pay rent; his obligation is to play the violin, so it will maintain its value, and to pay for its maintenance and insurance, which he estimates at $15,000 to $20,000 a year. At the end of the 25-year lease (actually 23; it is retroactive to 1998), Mr. McDuffie is to return the instrument to the partnership, which intends to sell it, presumably at a profit.

The violin was appraised in 1999 for $3.5 million by the violin consultant in Christie's musical instrument department. It has already more than doubled in value since Mr. Machold purchased it from a collector in Europe under a confidential arrangement for $1.2 million in 1989.
"
"Investment Opportunity. Strings Attached.; Musician and 15 Partners Join Forces to Acquire a Multimillion-Dollar Violin", Susan Elliott, The New York Times.
"Interestingly there is a violin with irrefutable, documented Nazi ties that Gaines and Reich neglected to report on, despite their apparent awareness of the instrument and its provenance: The Ladenburg del Gesu violin, sold by the firm of Machold in 1998, to patron Herbert Axelrod for a reported $4,000,000.00. More recently a group of investors including violinist Robert Macduffie purchased the Ladenberg from the New York violin dealer, Machold for the concert use of Mr. MacDuffie in a transaction that was widely reported on in the press. The Ladenberg del Jesu has a checkered past which is recounted by the Swiss dealer Henry Werro in a letter printed in the Machold monograph on the violin.

Werro writes to a one time owner of the Ladenburg, Ricardo Odnoposoff with details of the provenance of the violin and it’s having been the sold to the
"Goëbbels Stiftung" in 1942/43. Werro further mentions that although the violin was offered for sale to him shortly after the war. Werro passed on the prospective purchase, "as I had my doubts for political reasons, which in the meantime seem to have vanished and to be lapsed." Why this verifiable case of a Nazi violin failed to make it into Reich and Gaines article about Nazi violins is a mystery."
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Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
1735 del Gesù Partners L.P.   2001      For members only 
Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod  1998    2001  For members only 
Dietmar Machold  1992    1998  For members only 
...         
Anonymous  1975      For members only 
...         
Ricardo Odnoposoff          
Emil Herrmann  1958       
Dr. Bernhard Sprengel (Hannover)  1957    1958   
N. Ostenrieder (Herrsching/Munich)  1956    1957   
Schoppe (Hamburg)  1949    1956   
Walter Stross (Munich)       1949   
Göbbels Stiftung (Berlin)         
Hamma & Co. (Stuttgart)  1942       
Henry Werro (Bern, Switzerland)  1939    1942   
Hamma & Co. (Stuttgart)      1939   
...         
Eugen Stettenheimer (Frankfurt)  1878       
...         
Ernst Ladenburg (Frankfurt)      1878   
Ladenburg  1820       
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
Robert McDuffie   2001  2003   
...       
Ricardo Odnopossoff        
...       
Walter Stross     1943   
...       
Nicolò Paganini   1829    1830 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Certificates

Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, September 7, 1994

Certificate: Emil Herrmann, Berlin, New York, Easton, October 15, 1958

Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart, October 10, 1957. To Dr. Sprengel.

Certificate: Eugen Tenucci, Zurich, May 30, 1952

Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, March 1, 1949

Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, January 7, 1998

Letter: Henry Werro, Berne, February 5, 1959. To Ricardo Odnoposoff. States that Hamma sold the instrument to 'Göbbels Stiftung' around 1942/3.

Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart, February 22, 1957

Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart, February 2, 1959. To Ricardo Odnoposoff.

References

Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002.

Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo, 2001.

Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957.

Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù, Cremona 1735, Ex-"Ladenburg", Machold Rare Violins, 1998.

Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993. Order

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

"Investment Opportunity. Strings Attached.; Musician and 15 Partners Join Forces to Acquire a Multimillion-Dollar Violin", Susan Elliott, The New York Times.

"Italienische Streichinstrumente", Aloys Greither, Ars Musica, Heft 10 1973-1975.

"This Violin is Worth $3.5 Million Why?", John Gertner, Money, June, 2002.

http://www.soundpostonline.com/archive/spring2002/page4.htm

Private Papers.