Instrument

 
Label: Turin label dated 1774
Back: One-piece
Scroll: not original
Varnish: Deep reddish-orange

Iconography Index

A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, Lisa Robinson, Amadeus Press, New Jersey, 2006: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

The Strad Calendar 2010: Violin Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2009: Color photos (front & back).


Notes

"When Eugene's Ysaye was young and poor he coveted a Guadagnini violin that he saw in a pawnbroker's window in Hamburg. Though he could not dream of purchasing it at that time, he went into the shop one day and asked the pawnbroker to keep it for him, as he might by chance be able to buy it at some future date, says M. A. P. The obliging pawnbroker agreed to lay it aside for a reasonable time.

All the way back to his lodging house Ysay worried over his inability to appropriate the violin at once, but on reaching the house, to his great astonishment, he found an old friend from Belgium there awaiting him. Ysaye immediately told him about the Guadagnini, and begged him to lend him the money to buy it.

"It's a large amount to pay," was the friend's reply, "and I haven't as much money with me."

"Would you lend it if you had?" asked the budding violinist.

"Yes, " said the friend, "for I believe in your future and in you; but, as I have said, I have not the money."

An inspiration seized Ysaye.

"Look here," said he, "you deal in diamonds, don't you? Well, then, just leave a few diamonds as security and get me the Guadagnini."

The friend was so taken aback by the proposal that at first he was speechless; then, realizing the life-and-death seriousness of the young violinist, he consented to leave a bag of stones as security for the instrument.

"In this way," relates Ysaye, "I was married to my first love among the fiddles -- my beautiful Guadagnini.""
"Ysaye's Guadagnini", The Etude, September, 1909.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Juilliard School of Music   2006       
Ralph Hollander   1974    2006   
...         
Edwin Harris, Jr. and Glory Harris      1974   
Mrs. Edwin Harris    1949     
...         
Pierre Nothomb (Marché)  1895       
Eugène Ysaÿe       1895   
...         

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
...       
Ralph Hollander   1951    2006 
...       
Eugène Ysaÿe        
...       

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

References

A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, Lisa Robinson, Amadeus Press, New Jersey, 2006.

The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1949.

The Strad Calendar 2010: Violin Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2009.

"Ysaye's Guadagnini", The Etude, September, 1909.