Unknown (Guarneri del Gesù model)

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

Unknown (Guarneri del Gesù model)

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

Date: last decades of the 19th c.

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

Inventory number: KIL-1, identification no. MKiS XV-C-1

Provenance: bought by the Ministry of Culture from a musician by the name of Szenk [?] in Warsaw

Description: German or Czech school, Guarneri del Gesù model; one-piece spruce belly, two-piece back of tiger maple; neck broken out with a patch in the back’s button; varnish in brown shades

Inscriptions: handwritten label reading Rep. J. R-Mickiewicz / w Warszawie r. 1933. [Repaired by Józef Rymwid-Mickiewicz in Warsaw in 1933]

Measurements: body length 357 mm, upper bout 170 mm, middle bout 117 mm, lower bout 207 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Wanda Wiłkomirska (Second Prize at the 1952 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań), Barbara Górzyńska (First Prize at the 1980 Carl Flesch Violin Competition in London); Jarosław Nadrzycki (Fifth Prize and audience award at the 2001 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, as well as the Fifth Prize in 2006)

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

Wanda Wiłkomirska, Jadwiga Szamotulska, 1952; K. Szymanowski, [Nocturne and] Tarantella, Op. 28, Antologia © Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu
Jarosław Nadrzycki, Arnold Dąbrowski, 2001; B. Bartók, Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2, I. Molto moderato, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań

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