1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin

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1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin

Made in Cremona, Italy in 1729 by the famed luthier Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, it is a characteristic example of this period of the maker's work and has outstanding tonal quality. In 1986 Gordon Jeffrey, a great patron of music and scion of the family that founded London Life Insurance Company, bequeathed it to the University of Western Ontario. An anonymous donor purchased it in 1997.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 1998
  • Value: $5.5 million