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Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ

Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri worked for his father, Andrea, for almost twenty years, and inherited the ‘Casa Guarneri’ and the family business on Andrea’s death in 1698. Many of Andrea’s late instruments, particularly the cellos, were primarily the work of Giuseppe.

Like his father before him, Giuseppe developed his own individual model, and collaborated with some of the most gifted makers of the day, notably his son Giuseppe ‘del Gesù’ and Carlo Bergonzi. At his best he was a superb craftsman (see the circa 1705 violin) and his mushroom-shaped upper bouts and slanting f-holes make his model one of the most distinctive of the Cremonese makers. Yet, despite his ability as a maker, he was over-shadowed throughout his life by his great Cremonese contemporary, Stradivari, who enjoyed the patronage of many of the courts of Europe, not to mention the help of at least two sons.

The last known instruments bearing Giuseppe’s original label date from around 1720. His two sons Pietro and Giuseppe were active in the workshop from around 1710, and the 1714 violin would appear to show the early hand of del Gesù. Pietro left for Venice in 1717, but Giuseppe stayed behind to inherit the business and to further improve on his father’s model, attaining heights that many believe have never been surpassed.

Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ

(Cremona, b 1666; d c1740)

Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri worked for his father, Andrea, for almost twenty years, and inherited the ‘Casa Guarneri’ and the family business on Andrea’s death in 1698. Many of Andrea’s late instruments, particularly the cellos, were primarily the work of Giuseppe.

Like his father before him, Giuseppe developed his own individual model, and collaborated with some of the most gifted makers of the day, notably his son Giuseppe ‘del Gesù’ and Carlo Bergonzi. At his best he was a superb craftsman (see the circa 1705 violin) and his mushroom-shaped upper bouts and slanting f-holes make his model one of the... Read more

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A violin by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’, circa 1715

07 October 2019

  In early 18th century Cremona, the only serious rivals to the Stradivari workshop were the Guarneri family, working practically next door in the Piazza San Domenico. The Stradivaris were the pre-eminent makers of the day and hugely successful –... Read more

Four centuries of violin making

17 September 2018 - Dilworth, John

Why Cremona? The classical violin, one of the great cultural symbols of Western civilisation, is an almost entirely Italian phenomenon. In the pages of this book — perhaps the most comprehensive survey published to date of fine concert and collectible... Read more

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