Instrument

 
Label: "Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Pla- / centinus fecit Mediolani 1754"
Back: Two-piece
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of wood similar to back
Front: of very fine grain, widening towards the flanks
Varnish: Orange-brown over a golden ground
Body Length: 35.3 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Center Bout: 11.5 cm.
Lower Bout: 20 cm.

Photos

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  • front
  • side
  • back
  • scroll

Iconography Index

Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002: Black-and-white photos (front & back).


Notes

"Expert X valued at $350,000, but believes the instrument has appreciation potential. . . . Beare noted that it is an early J.B. Guadagnini. Beare thinks it looks to be good at $150,000."
"New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004".
"The five Appraisers were unanimous on another violin, a 1754 G.B. Guadagnini valued at $300,000.

"It's not a Guad at all," said Rosengard, who spent 12 years researching and writing a book on the Guadagnini violin-making family. "That would sell for a fraction -- not a rhetorical fraction, a real fraction -- of a Guad."

Bein called the violin's top
"wildly wrong" and "categorically not possible," adding: "It's like I'm telling you it's a Volkswagen, and it's a Chevrolet.""
"False Notes", Mark Mueller, The Star Ledger, August 1, 2004.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Group of investors led by Brook & Seth Taube   2007       
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra  2003    2007   
Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod  1987    2003   
...         
Harold Berkeley         
...         

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

Certificates

Insurance appraisal: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, December 6, 2000. Values the instrument at $350,000.

Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, December 12, 1986. It is “genuine of this maker in all of its parts, with the exception of the varnish … This violin is a characteristic example of the maker’s work, in a good state of preservation, with the exception of the varnish. Ex-Harold Berkeley.”

References

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

"False Notes", Mark Mueller, The Star Ledger, August 1, 2004.

"New Jersey orchestra parts with rare strings", The Star Ledger, November 23, 2007.

"New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004".

https://www.njsymphony.org/GoldenAge/goldenageframe.htm

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007.