Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, the 'Paganini, Comte Cozio di Salabue'


Violin: 40048

dated 1724

Back: Two-piece of plain maple, marked by a faint curl slanting downwards from the center

Varnish: Dark red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


Notes:

Part of the Paganini quartet.

Nippon Music Foundation


Nicolo Paganini was so thrilled by the tone quality of this violin that he declared, "This violin has a tone as big as a double bass; never will I part with it as long as I live." He never did.


Cozio's notes: "July 1817. Sold to Professor Nicolò Paganini of Genoa through Sir Carlo Carli of Milan. Printed label with seal as above: anno 1724. Round, strong and warm voice, but still internal. Larger than the usual model. Pale yellowish varnish. Back, sides and neck are made with beautiful open flame. Two-piece back, two-piece top with wide grain. Larger model, low arching both on the back and on the top. Good purfling work, and the F-holes are well made. The neck has been raised by G.B. Guadagnini. Intact, with a small crack on the right hand side of the top, near the tailpiece. It is worth 130 zecchini." (p. 218)

Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore, 2007

Provenance

1737 - 1743 Francesco Stradivari
1743 - 1775 Paolo Stradivari
1775 - 1817 Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
1817 - 1840 Nicolò Paganini
1840 - 1853 Baron Achille Paganini
in 1853 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1853 - 1893 Count de Vireille
from 1893 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
- Adelina Patti
in 1894 Ernest Nicolini
until 1896 George Hart
in 1897 Jan W. L. van Oordt
- Sold by George Hart
until 1911 Frederic Smith
1911 - 1914 W. E. Hill & Sons
1914 - 1920 Felix E. Kahn
1920 - 1924 Helen Jeffrey
from 1924 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1926 Gittleson & Howard
until 1942 Emil Herrmann
1942 - 1944 Henry Hottinger
1944 - 1946 Emil Herrmann
1946 - 1964 Anna E. Clark
1964 - 1994 Corcoran Gallery of Arts
from 1994 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Henry Such, Ikue Ikeda, William Preucil

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris (1853) States that the instrument was once owned by Paganini, who purchased it from Cout Cozio di Salabue.

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)

References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments
  • Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Focus on Collectors
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1942 (illustrated)
  • Le Quatuor Stradivarius "Nicolò Paganini", Claude Lebet, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994 (illustrated)
  • Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore, 2007
  • Nippon Music Foundation http://www.nmf.or.jp/english/
  • Observations
  • 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
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • Rare Old Violins - 1927 Catalog, W.R. Ford Company, Inc., New York, 1927 (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)

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