Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1734, the 'Ames'


Violin: 40545

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Original label

Back: One-piece, with the flames running vertically

Varnish: Rich red

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

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Notes:

Dated 1730.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994


"For forty years, he owned the 'Ames' Strad, an exceptionally fine 1734 example of the master's art. The 'Ames' was stolen from the director's office at Longy in 1981 following a recital Totenberg played to honour the retiring Wolfe Wolfinsohn."

Legacy of Experience, James Forrest, The Strad, July, 1987, London


Recovered in 2015. It is believed that the violin was stolen by Phillip Johnson and hidden from public view for over 35 years.

A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years

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Provenance

Current owner, Roman Totenberg, Wurlitzer, Leslie W. Brown, Emil Herrmann, Ernst Kessler, Hamma & Co., Baron von Donop, W. E. Hill & Sons, Pickering Phipps, Puttick & Simpson, W. E. Hill & Sons, George Acland, George Ames, George Hart, C. G. Meier, Gand & Bernardel, Freres, Charles Hermann, Baron de Tremont

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Known players

Irving Lashinsky, Roman Totenberg

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