Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1722, the 'Joachim, Elman'

Violin: 41503

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Original label, but date is faded: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1722"

Back: Two-piece of faint broad figure sloping downwards from the joint

Top: of medium width grain at the centers, broadening towards the edges

Scroll: of medium figure

Ribs: of medium figure

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.85 cm


Listed as an instrument of the year 1721 in Doring's book.

How Many Strads, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945

"[quoting Elman]: 'Of course, the instrument the artist uses is an important factor in making it possible for him to do his best. My violin? It is an authentic Strad -- dated 1722. I bought it of Willy Burmester in London. You see he did not care much for it. The German style of playing is not calculated to bring out the tone beauty, the quality of the old Italian fiddles. I think Burmester had forced the tone, and it took me some time to make it mellow and truly responsive again, but now. . ..' Mr. Elman beamed. It was evident he was satisfied with his instrument."

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1919

"[quoting Nachez:] 'My violin? I am a Stradivarius player, and possess two fine Strads, though I also have a beautiful Joseph Guarnerius. Ysaye, Thibaud and Caressa, when they lunched with me not long ago, were enthusiastic about them. My favorite Strad is a 1716 instrument—I have used it for twenty-five years. But I cannot use the wire strings that are now in such vogue here. I have to have Italian gut strings. The wire E cuts my fingers, and besides I notice a perceptible difference in sound quality.'"

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1919

Dated 1721.

Sale Book, 1870-1936, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Wash

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