Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1733, the 'Huberman, Kreisler'


Violin: 40687

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Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1733"

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right

Top: of fine to medium grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of medium curl

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Body length: Red-brown

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


Notes:

From the Hill lett of January 12: "It [the violin] was first seen by Mr. Alfred Hill in 1910 in the possession of Monsieur Gherault, an organist who lived in Rouen, who stated that he had inherited this violin from his uncle and that it had been owned by his family for nearly a century. He declined an offer made for the violin and kept it until his death in 1912, when the violin passed into the hands of his niece, Madame Demange, from whom Mr. Hill bought it in 1913.

Owing to this violin having a rather exceptional quality of tone it was offered to Kreisler, who readily purchase it. At this time the violin did not possess an original Stradivari head, but Mr. Hill acquired one a few years afterwards which he fitted to the instrument.

Enquiries made subsequently revealed that this violin had belonged to an amateur by the name of Uthoff in the early part of the last centruy.

Kreisler retained this violin until 1936, when he acquired another example by the same maker [the Lord Amherst of Hackney]. He had used this instrument when making his most famous records. It was sold shortly afterwards to Mr. Bronislaw Hubermann who retained this violin until his death."

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, London, 1979

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