Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, the 'Cassavetti'


Viola: 40115

Original label, with Stradivari's stamp applied after the label had been glued to the instrument

Back: Two-piece, cut on the slab, showing small curl

Top: of pine of fine grain at the center, opening out on the flanks

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 41.2 cm

Upper bouts: 18.4 cm

Middle bouts: 12.4 cm

Lower bouts: 23.8 cm

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Notes:

"The Cassavetti [1727] is pretty much all sons, I would say. I didn't touch on on that but this is radically different work on here. This looks almost like the Muntz Strad. . . . I would guess Francesco. It looks different from the work of his father. The f-holes have little spinfly wings and they are not fluted. This is very much like the Gibson viola with the same type of wood and it also looks like it was made with a little help."

Guided Tour of the Library of Congress Collection of Stringed Instruments, Robert Bein, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1999

Provenance

until 1854 Luigi Tarisio
from 1854 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1872 J. N. Durand
in 1872 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
from 1872 Maulaz
in 1875 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
- Sold by David Laurie
1875 - 1885 Alexander Cassavetti
in 1885 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1885 Charles James Oldham
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Baron Johann Knoop
until 1898 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1898 Robert E. Brandt
until 1906 W. E. Hill & Sons
1906 - 1928 Hart & Son
1928 - 1929 Rodman Wanamaker
1929 - 1931 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1931 - 1934 John Taylor Roberts
1934 - 1936 Gertrude Clarke Whittall
from 1936 Library of Congress, Washington

References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Auction Sales, 1872
  • Buys Rare Violins Values at $650,000, October 28, 1929
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Robert Bein, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague, 1952 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 2006, Philip J. Kass, London, 2006 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Collections of Musical Instruments (Library of Congress Music, Theater, Dance: An Illustrated Guide) http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/guide/instru.html
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • Three Masters
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 2, Albert Mell, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1979 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)
  • Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (1931), Part 1, Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, New York, 1931 (illustrated)

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