Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785 - violin

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Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785

 

Over the last 25 years, we have grown to love the sound and beauty of this Turin-period Guadagnini violin, which was the concert violin of the late and remarkable musician, our friend Ida Levin.

Ida was an extremely well respected recitalist and chamber musician. Though we knew her best from her time with the Boston Chamber Music Society and Harvard University, her reputation stretched far and wide through her deep association with the Marlboro Music Festival, her tenure with the Mendelssohn Quartet, and countless appearances around the world.

We know little about the history of this violin prior to her purchase of it in 1983, except it was handled just before by the great British expert Charles Beare. It was made during the period when Guadagnini was patronized by the young Count Cozio di Salabue who urged the aging violin maker to adopt certain principles of Stradivari’s work. Fully covered in original varnish of a deep red color and surviving in an exceptionally pure state, we consider this instrument to be one of very finest examples of Guadagnini’s work.


Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Turin, c.1785
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