J.B. Guadagnini, Piacenza 1745

This is a violin suitable for the most discriminating soloist or concertmaster. It is in very fine condition and retains quite a large amount of its original varnish, never having been overpolished. Tonally, it is unusually powerful with great projection yet is sweet and sensitive to the most delicate touch. It rivals the finest of concert instruments. Anyone interested in acquiring a great concert violin would be favorably impressed. It is to be sold with the photo certificate of W.E. Hill & Sons, London, dated May 9th, 1951. The certificate states: “We certify that the violin was made by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini whose original label, dated Piacenza 1745 the instrument bears. The back, in one piece, of wood cut on the slab and marked by a handsome irregular curl of medium width; that of the sides is cut on the quarter. The head is marked by a small curl. The table of pine of rather open and slightly wavy grain and the varnish of a rich orange-brown colour. This instrument is a characteristic and handsome example of the above period of the maker’s work. It measures 13-7/8″ full in length of body and is numbered P.485 on our books”.