Antonio Stradivari
Cremona, 1715
“Joachim, Mendelssohn, de Barrau”

Fine Instruments by
Stradivari, Guarneri, Bergonzi, and Amati

Although Reuning & Son Violins has always been very active in the midrange of the stringed instrument market, we are also a leading international dealer in instruments by the most valuable makers.

Antonio Stradivari

As a founder of Tarisio Auctions, Christopher Reuning was engaged to supervise Tarisio’s sale of the 1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin, which sold for a world record price of $15.9 million in 2011. More recently, we sold the 1715 “Joachim, Mendelssohn, de Barrau” Stradivari violin in 2018 for a significantly higher price which today marks the record price for any musical instrument.

In other Stradivari transactions of note, Reuning & Son Violins recently sold the magnificent 1727 “Venus” Stradivari violin, the 1713 "Viotti, Rodewald" Stradivari on behalf of the Eric Rosenblith estate, and the 1732 “Red Diamond” Stradivari. The 1708 “Bagshawe” was sold for use by the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony.

Four of the world's most important Stradivari cellos were entrusted to Reuning & Son Violins. The 1707 "Paganini, Countess of Stainlein" was sold on behalf of the Bernard Greenhouse family for a world record price for a cello in 2012. The following year, the 1710 "Gore-Booth" Stradivari cello was sold for nearly double that sum, a record that stands today for any cello. In 2015, the c.1732 "Stuart" was sold, and in 2016 the 1673 “Du Pré, Harrell” was sold for the use of Hungarian cellist, István Várdai.

Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù”

Reuning & Son Violins was involved in the first sale in China of a Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, an example dated 1738, and we sold the only known “del Gesù” cello, the 1732 “Messeas”. We also handled the 1741 “Lipinski, San Malo”, the c.1742 “Chatelanat”, and the c.1726 “Zimmermann”, among others. We have experience as well with numerous examples by the other members of the Guarneri family.

Carlo Bergonzi

On the heels of the landmark 2010 Bergonzi exhibition in Cremona, which was curated by Christopher Reuning, we sold the magnificent c.1733 “Berkic, Pennington” Carlo Bergonzi to a private collector for a world record price. We've also recently sold two other fine examples of this rare maker, the c.1744 “Gilfillan, Hoffmann”, and the c.1738 “Lord Kingston”.

The Amati Family

While we have handled a number of fine instruments by members of the Amati family, of particular note is our sale of an extremely rare viola by Andrea Amati, the c.1574 “Medici, Lord Wilton”, to the Chi-Mei Foundation in Tainan, Taiwan. This important instrument, one of just five known violas by this maker, set a world record for any Amati instrument and for any viola. In 2017 we sold a string quartet of instruments by Nicolo Amati, perhaps the first time this has been achieved in modern history. This included two rare grand pattern violins: the 1647 "Hill, Jellinek" and the 1669 "ex Collin". Separately, we sold another grand pattern Nicolo Amati violin, the 1682 "ex Spagnoletti".

We normally have available instruments by these important makers, but typically refrain from advertising to respect the privacy of both seller and buyer. We welcome serious inquiries from anyone who wishes to acquire an exclusive instrument, backed by our expertise and reputation. Also, please feel free to contact us if you have an instrument to sell.

Please click here to view more of our Notable Sales.