Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1725, the 'Chaconne, Hammig'


Violin: 40703

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Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1725", the last two digits being handwritten

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, displaying vigorous flaming that drops slightly to the outside; there is an almond-shaped inset in the lower part of the center joint

Top: Two matching pieces; there is a knot near the upper corner on the bass side

Scroll: of heavily flamed wood

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden-yellow base

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm


Notes:

Supposedly, the name derives from the fact that Joachim found the tone to be especially suitable for the interpretation of Bach's "Chaconne."

Masterpieces of Violin-Making, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan, 2002

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