Violin, "The Doyen," by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, 1744

Gesu, Giuseppe Guarneri del, 1698-17441744

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

In the 1920s, Henry Ford purchased several exquisite Italian violins. This Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu violin is the finest among them. The craft of violinmaking reached artistic heights during the 17th and 18th centuries in the workshops of Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, Italy. Ford's Guarneri is called "The Doyen" because it was once owned by M. Louis Doyen, a French amateur violinist.

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  • Title: Violin, "The Doyen," by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, 1744
  • Creator: Gesu, Giuseppe Guarneri del, 1698-1744
  • Date Created: 1744
  • Location: Italy, Cremona
  • Subject Keywords: Violins, Stringed instruments, Musical instruments, Doyen, Louis
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=128063
  • Object Name: Violin
  • Object ID: 33.250.1
  • Image ID: THF107764
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.