Italian school (Lorenzo Guadagnini I?)

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Italian school (Lorenzo Guadagnini I?)

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: unknown / Lorenzo Guadagnini I [?]

Date: 18th c. [?]

Country: Italy [?]

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-94, XVc-94

Provenance: bought in Jan. 1980 from Jan Osostowicz, violin maker based in Warsaw

Description: old Italian violin (Mantua or Venice school), possibly Lorenzo Guadagnini I, or a copy of his instrument; belly from spruce with even grain, two-piece back from tiger maple; varnish in orange shades; luthier’s label removed; neck not original, peg holes have been filled

Inscriptions: written on the removed printed label in a rectangular frame: Lavrentius Guadagnini Pater, / & alumnus Antonj Straduarj / fecit Placentie Anno 17(92?) [Lorenzo Guadagnini father, / & pupil of Antonio Stradivari / built in Piacenza in 1792?]. The label is most probably fake. The former owner, violin maker Jan Osostowicz had it sent to W.E. Hill & Sons in London to check its authenticity. It was never returned; printed label: WŁODZIMIERZ KAMIŃSKI / correxit Posnaniae 1982

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

KIL-94, G.P. Telemann, Fantasia in A minor, TWV 40:25, Vivace, rec. Katarzyna Denkiewicz

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