Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1680, the 'Paganini-Desaint'


Violin: 40047

Bearing its original label, with date changed to 1796.

Back: Two-piece

Ribs: cut on the half slab

Varnish: Reddish brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.5 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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Notes:

Second violin of the Paganini Quartet. The quartet has been loaned as a set to the Tokyo Quartet 1995-2013; the Hagen Quartet 2013-2017; and the Quartetto di Cremona 2017- Previously the quartet was played by the Paganini Quartet (1946-1966) and the Cleveland Quartet (1982-1995)

Nippon Music Foundation Instruments: Paganini Quartet


Dated 1698.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa


"This instrument has a label from 1696, but most experts agree on an earlier provenance, around 1680."

Le Quatuor Stradivarius "Nicolo Paganini", Claude Lebet, Claude Lebet, Le Quatuor Stradivarius "Nicolò Paganini", Spa

Provenance

1810 - 1840 Nicolò Paganini
1840 - 1852 Baron Achille Paganini
in 1852 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
... ...
in 1872 Desaint
... ...
1903 - 1906 M. Levers
in 1906 Sold by Caressa & Français
1906 - 1918 Pierre de Ellisseieff
1918 - 1925 Boris Kitchin
1925 - 1926 Emil Herrmann, New York
1926 - 1944 David H. Walton
1944 - 1946 Emil Herrmann, New York
1946 - 1964 Anna E. Clark
1964 - 1994 Corcoran Gallery of Arts
from 1994 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Gustave Rosseels, Kikuei Ikeda, Paolo Andreoli, Peter Salaff, Rainer Schmidt

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY

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References

  • Dictionnaire des Luthiers, vol. 1, Henri Poidras, Imprimierie de la Vicomté, Rouen (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Le Quatuor Stradivarius "Nicolò Paganini", Claude Lebet, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instrument Recipients
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instruments: Paganini Quartet
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stringed Instrument Collection in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Shinichi Yokoyama, Gakken
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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