Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1736, the 'Muntz'


Violin: 40062

Labeled, ". . . D'Anni 92"

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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Notes:

The label in this instrument bears an inscription, " 92 years old " , handwritten by Stradivari himself. It is one of the last few works of masterpiece ever produced. The condition of this violin is exceptional and its tonal quality has a first class reputation. This instrument takes its name from the ownership by a famous collector, H.M.Muntz of Birmingham in the late 1800s.

Nippon Music Foundation


The Hills describe this instrument as pathetically showing the master's failing craftsmanship due to his advanced age.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902


Count Cozio's notes: "Violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1736 "92 years old" has been added by the maker. The back is slightly [larger] than a short medium model. Fine work, but not perfect especially in the purfling. Two-piece back, average grain. The two pins [...] bottom side [...] grain [...] foreign [wood] and slightly thicker than other larger violins. The top is intact, with wide even grain. Its voice is quite strong and good. Light yellow-reddish varnish. [It is worth] at least 60 luigi." (p. 228)

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


Count cozio's Notes, June 1, 1816: "Measurements of my violin made by Antonio Stradivari. Not too large a model. Yellowish varnish. Two-piece back, beautiful grain. Intact, with label [written] in 1736; there is the reference to 92 years (see folio 19). This is the strongest among ten other [violins] made by this maker taken in Cremona from Antonio's grandson in 1775. [Measurements] taken by the compass including the outline. . . ." (p. 242)

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

Provenance

1737 - 1743 Francesco Stradivari
1743 - 1775 Paolo Stradivari
... ...
in 1816 Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
until 1831 Luigi Tarisio
1831 - 1832 Charles François Gand
1832 - 1862 Count d'Amiens
1862 - 1867 Charles Willemotte
from 1867 Minard de Marsinielliers
1874 - 1886 H. M. Muntz
1886 - 1888 W. E. Hill & Sons
1888 - 1889 Lord Wilton
1889 - 1892 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1892 Alfred Sassoon
in 1902 Higgins
- Sold by August Herrmann
1912 - 1913 Robert A. Bower
1913 - 1949 Dr. Georg Talbot
1949 - 1957 Martin Katahn
1957 - 1962 Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman
- Steven Staryk
in 1987 Howard Gottlieb
... ...
in 2003 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Anne Akiko Meyers, Judith Ingolffsson

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1972) #937.
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY

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 and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2008 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, February, 1943, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1943 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague, 1952 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932 (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/
  • Playable Art, Fall, 2003
  • 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
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1998 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)

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