This freshly preserved and attractive violin was made by Andrea Guarneri at the peak of his career at age 45, just 15 years after he had left his master Nicolo Amati’s workshop and set up his own business nearby. He was still unassisted as his eldest son Pietro was likely just entering apprenticeship age at 13.
As with most of his violins, it is of modest and comfortable size and has a sound which is deeply expressive with a broad range of colors. It was previously sold by two eminent London dealers in the last century, W.E. Hill & Sons followed by Charles Beare.