Lot 33
  • 33

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (b Mirecourt, 1798; d Paris, 1875) A violin after Guarneri del Gesù Paris, 1854

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Jean Baptiste Vuillaume
  • A violin after Guarneri del Gesù
  • labelled Jean Baptiste Vuillaume à Paris rue Croix des Petits Champs, numbered 1966 internally on the back, and branded Vuillaume internally on the upper back
  • maple and spruce
  • Paris


This violin is being offered for sale by the violinist Hu Kun, widely celebrated as the first mainland Chinese violinist to establish a solo career on the international platform.  He was a protégé of Lord Menuhin who advised him to acquire this instrument in 1987 with the proceeds of his competition successes.  It has been his concert violin since that time.
With this violin, Hu Kun won the top prize in the Francescatti Competition in 1987, 1st prize in the Lipizer Competition in 1988, and 2nd prize in the Palm Beach Violin Invitation Competition in 1989, and has made concert debuts in London, New York, Berlin, Vienna, Leipzig and Dresden. In 1997, Hu Kun gave the first performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto in China on this violin, with Menuhin conducting.

Sibelius and Khachaturian Violin Concertos. Hu Kun (violin), Yehudi Menuhin (conductor), RPO, Nimbus, 1991
Barber Violin Concerto. Hu Kun (violin), William Boughton (conductor), English String and Symphony Orchestra, Nimbus, 1992
Hoddinott, 'The Heaventree of Stars'. Hu Kun (violin), Tadaaki Otaka (conductor), Nimbus, 1993


The certificate of J & A. Beare, London, dated 26th March 1987
The Strad, July 1992, front cover and pp. 604-607