Jacob Stainer, Absam, 1668


Violin: 40016

Original label handwritten: "Jacobus Stainer in Absom / propè Oenipontum m.pia 1668"

Back: Two-piece with prominent, somewhat irregular flaming descending from the joint

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

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

There are 7 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

One of just two known Stainer instruments still in their original form.

Jacob Stainer, Rudolf Hopfner, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2003


"The instrument retains not only the original neck but it appears no attempt at all has ever been made at all to convert it to modern playing specification. The bass bar fitted is extremely short and small and speculation that is the original is not unreasonable."

Sotheby's Bloomfield Collection Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1988

Provenance

until 1935 Hamma & Co.
1935 - 1978 W. E. Hill & Sons
1978 - 1979 Sam Bloomfield
1979 - 1988 Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation
in 1988 Sold by Sotheby's
1988 - 1989 Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson
from 1989 Shrine to Music, National Music Museum, South Dakota

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Micha Beuting & Peter Klein (2003) Dating the youngest tree ring to from 1584.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1979) Gives history of instrument, suggesting that it may have been purchased directly from Stainer by a convent in Munich, where it remained until Hamma discovered it in the 1930s.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1978)

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References

  • http://www.theluthierslibrary.com/ (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1993 Calendar, 1992 (illustrated)
  • The Strad 1999 Calendar, 1998 (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston, 2006 (illustrated)
  • Jacob Stainer "… kayserlicher diener und geigenmacher zu Absom", Rudolf Hopfner, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2003 (illustrated)
  • Jakob Stainer: Leben und Werk des Tiroler Meisters, Walter Senn & Karl Roy, Verlag E. Bochinsky, Frankfurt, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Bloomfield Collection Auction Catalog, November 23, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1988 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad, July, 2003, London, 2003 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 1973, London, 1973 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, London, 1999 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)

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