Lorenzo Guadagnini

Highest auction price achieved
£ 198000.00

By George Hart

The instruments made by the Guadagnini family are rapidly increasing in value. No matter to which of the Guadagnini the instrument may owe its origin ; if it bears the name, importance is attached to it, often without due regard to the merits of the particular specimen. The later members of the family have thus received attention measured by the excellence of the works of their forefathers. That this should be so to a certain extent can scarcely excite surprise, nor is it singular in the Italian branch of the art. The great makers of the Guadagnini family were Lorenzo and Giovanni Battista. The former has been considered the chief maker; but if the merits of each be duly weighed, they will be found to be nearly equal. It is probable that Lorenzo has been looked upon as the principal maker from the association of his name with that of Antonio Stradivari, a fact which, it must be granted, lends to it a certain degree of importance. The instruments of Lorenzo are exceedingly bold in design, and differ in this respect from those of Giovanni Battista, which retain much of the delicate form of Stradivari. Lorenzo frequently changed the form of his sound-hole, giving it the pointed character of Giuseppe Guarneri in some instances, and in others retaining the type of soundhole perfected by his master. The model is inclined to flatness, the declivity being of the gentlest kind: the breadth of the design commands admiration. The scroll is certainly not an imitation of that of Stradivari; it has considerable originality, and is more attractive on that account than for its beauty. The varnish is not so brilliant as that of Giovanni Battista, but possesses a mellowness foreign to the other members of the family. The tone is powerful, tempered with a rich quality. The works of this maker are rare, and eagerly sought for in England. Lorenzo Guadagnini was born at Piacenza, and upon leaving the workshop of his master, returned to his native town, where he remained until about the year 1695, at which period he is said to have removed to Milan. In the last-named city he continued to work until about the year 1740.

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Price History

Type Title Sold Price
Violin 1744 Sun 1st October 95 £ 78500.00
Violin 1742 Sun 1st November 92 £ 198000.00
Violin 1740 Tue 1st November 88 £ 68200.00

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