Antonio Stradivari
Cremona, 1727

Fine Instruments by
Stradivari, Guarneri, Bergonzi, and Amati

Although Reuning & Son Violins has always been very active in the midrange of the stringed instrument market, we are also a leading international dealer in instruments by the most valuable makers.

Antonio Stradivari

As a founder of Tarisio Auctions, Christopher Reuning was engaged to supervise Tarisio’s sale of the 1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin, which sold for a world record price of $15.9 million in 2011.

In other Stradivari transactions of note, Reuning & Son Violins recently sold the magnificent 1727 “Venus” Stradivari violin to the leading soloist, Leonidas Kavakos, and the 1732 “Red Diamond” Stradivari was sold in Japan. The 1708 “Bagshawe” was sold for use by the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony.

Two of the world's most important Stradivari cellos were entrusted to Reuning & Son Violins. The 1707 "Paganini, Countess of Stainlein" was sold on behalf of the Bernard Greenhouse family for a world record price for a cello in 2012. The following year, the 1710 "Gore-Booth" Stradivari cello was sold for nearly double that sum, a record that stands today for any cello.

Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù”

Reuning & Son Violins was involved in the first sale in China of a Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, an example dated 1738, and we sold the only known “del Gesù” cello, the 1732 “Messeas”. We also handled the 1741 “Lipinski, San Malo”, the c.1742 “Chatelanat”, and the c.1726 “Zimmermann”, among others. We have experience as well with numerous examples by the other members of the Guarneri family.

Carlo Bergonzi

On the heels of the landmark 2010 Bergonzi exhibition in Cremona, which was curated by Christopher Reuning, we sold the magnificent c.1733 “Berkic, Pennington” Carlo Bergonzi to a private collector for a world record price. We also recently sold another fine example of this rare maker, the c.1744 “Gilfillan, Hoffmann”.

The Amati Family

While we have handled a number of fine instruments by members of the Amati family, of particular note is our sale of an extremely rare viola by Andrea Amati, the c.1574 “Medici, Lord Wilton”, to the Chi-Mei Foundation in Tainan, Taiwan. This important instrument, one of just five known violas by this maker, set a world record for any Amati instrument and for any viola.

We normally have available instruments by these important makers, but typically refrain from advertising to respect the privacy of both seller and buyer. We welcome serious inquiries from anyone who wishes to acquire an exclusive instrument, backed by our expertise and reputation. Also, please feel free to contact us if you have an instrument to sell.

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Reuning & Son Violins has moved locations

Since relocating from Ithaca, New York in 1994, we have enjoyed our shop in Boston's South End neighborhood. The growth of the firm has now necessitated the expansion of facilities to continue to serve our clients at the very highest level. Our new shop at 419 Boylston Street is ideally located in Boston's historic Back Bay and is just steps from the Boston Public Garden, Newbury Street, and the Arlington Street MBTA station. It houses a dedicated photo studio, expanded trial spaces, and a custom-designed workshop for our renowned luthiers to do their state-of-the-art restoration work. We welcome your visit to our new space and look forward to continuing to serve our valued customers.