Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1679, the 'Hellier'


Violin: 40237

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Back: One-piece of broad curl

Top: of fine grain, opening slightly toward the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back, but of narrower curl

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.95 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

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Notes:

"As regards the dimensions, it differs from any other violin seen by us dated before 1684-85; these proportions were, in fact, never at any later period exceeded. Thus we see that Stradivari was already contemplating that change of proportions to which he was more generally to give effect after 1685. The perfect symmetry of the head, and the position and admirable design and cutting of the "f" holes, are also in advance of any of his contemporaneous work known to us. On the other hand, the model, heavy edge and small purfling are thoroughly characteristic of his early work, and the whole presents a heaviness and solidity of construction such as we may almost venture to say borders on clumsiness. We may here incidentally remark that this violin shows that Stradivari occasionally enjoyed rich patronage previous to 1680, for he received no, ordinary remuneration for the making of such an instrument."

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902


The 'Hellier' and the instrument known as the Spanish Stradivari, dated 1679 and 1687 respectively, have backs of broad curl in one piece; the latter is exceptionally handsome, and both are of wood of foreign i.e. non-Italian, growth.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902


Remarkable for its somewhat unusual large proportions and general heaviness of structure.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961


One of 10 surviving inlaid instruments by Stradivari.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987


On loan to Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum since 2004.

Classy Visitors To Vienna Museum, The Strad, January, 2004, London


Instrument #85 in the South Kensington Special Exhibit of 1872.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


Instrument #1081 at the Special Loan Exhibition at Fishmongers Hall, London in 1904.

1904 Loan Exhibition, Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London

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