Instrument

 
Back: One-piece quarter-sawn with a modest figure
Front: from the same log as one side of the "Sauret"
Body Length: 35.25 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.7 cm.
Center Bout: 10.9 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.4 cm.

Photos

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  • front
  • back
  • scroll
  • f-hole
  • C-bout

Iconography Index

"Guarneri 'Del Gesu'", John Dilworth, The Strad, April, 2007, 2007: Color photos (front, back & side).

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

J. & A. Beare Newsletter, Autumn, 2007, 2007: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

The Henry Hottinger Collection, Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., New York, 1966: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

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

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive: Black-and-white photos (B12 - front, back, scroll, f-hole & C-bout, dated 1734).


Notes

In 1955, the instrument survived the car crash in which its then owner, Ossy Renardi, was tragically killed.
Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesú (2 volumes), Carlos Chiesa, John Dilworth, Roger Graham Hargrave, Stewart Pollens, Duane Rosengard & Eric Wen, Peter Biddulph, London, 1998.
Laurie relates that at the time he sold the instrument to Gleichauff, it still had its original neck and bass bar. But Gleichauff had these replaced, and the job was done so poorly that the tone of the instrument disappeared and Gleichauff returned the instrument to Laurie. Laurie entrusted the instrument to Gand and Bernadel, who repaired the damage that had been done, and the instrument's tone returned.
Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer, David Laurie, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., London, circa 1900.
"A few years after both the Marquis and his lady died and the violin with other things were to be sent to Paris and sold, but I did not know this until I had gone to Pau, where I got the address of the avocat who had charge of the estate in Paris to whom I applied on my return. He informed me he had sent the instrument to Vuillaume the great, to get it valued and would then treat with me, but as I had never seen it I asked him for a note to Vuillaume to allow him to shew it me. I was very much struck with it, it being different to any other "Joseph " I had ever seen. It was a rough, carelessly made one, date 1744, but its state of preservation was perfect, having still its orginal hand, and the bar inside had never been changed. Its wood, although not showy, was perfect in quality for tone. . . .

In Mr. Davidson's book on the violin there is a ridiculous story that this was the violin Paganini lost at play. How or where he (Davidson), got it I cannot say, and I only mention it because some people have asked me about it, thinking that as I had sold it I was the author. Needless to say that I saw it first and last in the work referred to. It was always called a
" Strad," the violin that Paganini gambled way."
"The Late Mr. Carrodus's Violins", David Laurie, The Strad, 1896, January 1896.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Anonymous   2007      For members only 
David L. Fulton    2003  2007  For members only 
...         
Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman (San Mateo, California)    1976     
...         
Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.  1965       
Henry Hottinger (New York)      1965   
Ossy Renardy      1955   
Margaret Abraham      1949   
Dr. Felix Landau (Berlin)  1909  1931    For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons      1909   
Major C. E. S. Phillips  1895    1909   
W.E. Hill & Sons  1895       
John Tiplady Carrodus       1895   
W.E. Hill & Sons  1886       
C. G. Meier (London)  1881    1886   
David Laurie (Glasgow)    1879  1881   
Rudolph Gleichauff (Frankfurt)  1879      For members only 
David Laurie (Glasgow)      1879   
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris)         
...         
Eller (Vienna)         
...         

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
Richard Tognetti   2007     
...       
John Tiplady Carrodus     1895   
...       

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 1738; treble side matches the bass side of the 1743c "Sauret" (ID=253).

References

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

J. & A. Beare Newsletter, Autumn, 2007, 2007.

Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan, 2002.

Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer, David Laurie, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., London, circa 1900.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994.

The Henry Hottinger Collection, Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., New York, 1966.

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

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.

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990).

"Benefactor Buys $7 Million Guarneri Violin for Australian Chamber Orchestra", Matthew Westphal, Playbill Arts, January 31, 2007.

"Guarneri 'Del Gesu'", John Dilworth, The Strad, April, 2007, 2007.

"The Late Mr. Carrodus's Violins", David Laurie, The Strad, 1896, January 1896.

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