Instrument

 
Back: Two-piece
Neck: original, lengthened slightly by means of blocks glued on at the root
Varnish: Red
Body Length: 35.4 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Center Bout: 11.1 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.7 cm.

Photos

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  • back

Iconography Index

"Français on Guarneri", Stewart Pollens, The Strad, October, 1994, 1994: Color photos (front & back).

"Italienische Streichinstrumente", Aloys Greither, Ars Musica, Heft 10 1973-1975: Color photos (front, back & side).

"Paganini's Joseph", John Dunn, The Strad, 1926, October 1926: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

"Poster supplement", The Strad, June, 1999, 1999: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

"Seeking Mrs. Guarneri", Roger Hargrave, The Strad, September, 2000, 2000: Color photos (scroll).

"True voice of Guarneri", John Dilworth, The Strad, June, 1999, 1999: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

Antonius Stradivarius (Balfoort), Dirk J. Balfoort, The Continental Book Company, Stockholm, 1945: Black-and-white photos (front, back & scroll).

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll - large, high-resolution plates). Order

Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957: Black-and-white photos (front, back, scroll & f-holes - dated 1742).

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Old Violins, H. R. Haweis, John Grant, Edinburgh, 1910: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen, 2010: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll).

The Strad Calendar 2009: The Museum Collection, London, 2008: Color photos (front & back).

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931: Color illustrations (front, back & side).

The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London, 1994: Color photos (front & back).

Violins & Violinists (1969), Franz Farga, Frederick A Prager, New York, 1969: Black-and-white photos (front, back, scroll & f-holes).


Notes

"The Paganini violin, known as "Il Cannone" (the Canon), because of the power and sonorous quality of its tone, was of all the instruments owned by Nicolo Paganini his favorite. Made by the renowned Cremona violin maker Guarneri (known as del Gesu) and considered one of his masterpieces, the violin has distinct features that set it apart from modern instruments, including a slightly shorter and thicker sound box, and a markedly curved neck. Its tone is distinctly bright, yet full. The violin has survived intact and whole and belongs to Genoa, a gift made in1837 by Paganini to his native city. The violin is played monthly in Genoa to preserve it in best condition and on special occasions. "Il Cannone" was last seen in New York as part of an exhibition devoted to Guarneri and his atelier at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994.Because of the instrument's priceless value a security official from Genoa will accompany the violin to New York and an American guard will escort the instrument to the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro where it be remain until the performance."
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The Hill brothers list this instrument as made in 1742, but under ultraviolet light the last digit of the date is revealed as a 3, the lower sweep of the 3 having been rubbed away and leaving what looks, to the naked eye, like a very small 2.
Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
City of Genoa   1851       
Nicolò Paganini   1799    1840   
Livron      1799   
...         

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
...       
Nicolò Paganini   1799    1840 
...       

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

Dendrochronological analysis: Peter Klein, Hamburg, 1998. Youngest ring is 1735.

References

Antonius Stradivarius (Balfoort), Dirk J. Balfoort, The Continental Book Company, Stockholm, 1945.

Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998. Order

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

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938.

Old Violins, H. R. Haweis, John Grant, Edinburgh, 1910.

Ole Bull 2010: Guarneri del Gesu Collection, John Dilworth, Bergen, 2010.

The Strad Calendar 2009: The Museum Collection, London, 2008.

The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1931.

The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù, Peter Biddulph, Peter Biddulph, London, 1994.

Violins & Violinists (1969), Franz Farga, Frederick A Prager, New York, 1969.

"Français on Guarneri", Stewart Pollens, The Strad, October, 1994, 1994.

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

"Paganini's Joseph", John Dunn, The Strad, 1926, October 1926.

"Poster supplement", The Strad, June, 1999, 1999.

"Seeking Mrs. Guarneri", Roger Hargrave, The Strad, September, 2000, 2000.

"True voice of Guarneri", John Dilworth, The Strad, June, 1999, 1999.

"Violin Upstages Violinist", Joshua Kosman, San Fransisco Chronicle.

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