Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1721, the 'Lady Blunt'


Violin: 24222

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Labelled, "Antonius Stradivarius faciebat Cremonensis Anno 1721."

Bearing its original neck, re-angled at the heel. Accompanied by its original bassbar and fingerboard and a presentation case from W.E. Hill & Sons. The ornamented pegs and tailpiece by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. Inscribed “PG” to the inside of the pegbox.

Back: in two pieces of maple with flame of medium width ascending from the joint

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium width grain widening to the edges

Scroll: of broader curl, with original blacking on the chamfers

Varnish: of a rich red-brown color

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Body length: of a rich red-brown color

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm


Notes:

Christopher Reuning: "Along with the ‘Messie’ of 1716, the 1721 ‘Lady Blunt’ stands above all other Stradivari violins in terms of its survival in near perfect, original condition. . . Inside the pegbox, at the base of the mortise, is the maker’s inscription 'P G' which indicates the violin was built on the 'P G' form. In the past, this inscription has been thought to be the initials of Paolo Stradivari but more recent scholars have demonstrated otherwise. The handwriting and letter form of the 'P G' in the pegbox of the ‘Lady Blunt’ exactly match the inscription on the 'P G' Stradivari form exhibited in the Museo Stradivariano in Cremona. The 'PG' (MS21) along with the 'G' (MS49) were the largest two violin forms Stradivari used during his mature years. The violins built on these forms are universally considered the most desirable."

The ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin, Cremona, 1721

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