Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1700, the 'Dragonetti'


Violin: 40051

Back: One-piece

Scroll: original neck

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: rich red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

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Notes:

"Its name is taken from the ownership by Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846), a famous double bass player. This instrument has been played by Mr. Frank Peter Zimmerman until recently."

Nippon Foundation Instruments: Dragonetti Stradivari


Exhibited at the Antique Art Treasures, held at Bath in 1958.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


"When playing the instrument I found the tone quality exquisite but it was hard work trying to make myself heard above a full orchestra. I think it is generally agreed amongst violinists that Guarneri violins are superior to Stradivari in terms of tone quality both as regards power and resonance."

Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts, Alfredo Campoli, The Strad, December, 1987, London


Goodkind incorrectly dates this instrument 1707 and shows photos of the wrong instrument.

The Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Larchmont, NY


"The Dragonetti's condition is astonishing: the edges and contour are wholly intact, the long elegant corner-points, typical of the master's Golden Age, show no wear at all. . . . It is noteworthy that this violin is so well-preserved that none of the peg-holes in its original neck have been rebushed."

Les Deux Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, Les deux Stradivarius de Domenico Dragonetti, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Provenance

- Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
- John Betts
until 1818 Domenico Dragonetti
1818 - 1835 F. V. Rivaz
from 1835 F. de Rougemont
- Charles Reade
until 1852 John Alvery Turner
1852 - 1910 Bashall
1910 - 1913 W. E. Hill & Sons
1913 - 1929 Richard Bennett
1929 - 1949 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1949 Mrs. R. A. Bowler
until 1963 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1987 Alfredo Campoli
from 1988 Olivier Jacques
from 2002 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Alfredo Campoli, Frank Peter Zimmermann

References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • The Strad, December, 1987, Alfredo Campoli, London
  • Les deux Stradivarius de Domenico Dragonetti, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • Nippon Foundation Instruments: Dragonetti Stradivari
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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