Lot 3232: VINTAGE PETRUS GUARNERIUS VIOLIN WITH BOW AND CASE
October 13, 2013
Tallahassee, FL, USALive Auction
Description: Length of body is 35.5cm, spruce top, walnut back and sides, ebony fret-board, tailpiece and chin rest. Label appears genuine and authentic. Includes bow and hard-shell case. The Guarneri or Guarnerius is the family name of a group of distinguished luthiers from Cremona in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries, whose standing is considered comparable to those of the Amati and Stradivari families. Some of the world's most famous violinists, such as Niccolò Paganini, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin have preferred Guarneris to Stradivaris. The average Stradivari is stronger in the 200 Hz and 250 Hz bands and above 1.6 kHz. Del Gesùs are on average stronger from 315 Hz up to 1.25 kHz. These differences are perceived as a more brilliant sound and stronger fundamentals of the lowest notes of the Stradivari, versus a darker sound in the del Gesùs. Even before he left his father's workshop, Pietro experimented with ornamentation on his instruments, possibly to increase their value. He sometimes added fleur-de-lis at the corners and at times added a second line of purfling. Very good condition. Needs tail tuners.