Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1726, the 'Sleeping Beauty'


Violin: 40135

Original label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis, Faciebat Anno 1726 AS"

Back: One-piece back of narrow horizontal curl; with original wings

Top: of fine grain in the centre opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: plain

Ribs: similar to back

Varnish: rich golden-brown

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

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Notes:

Sold with the certificate of W.E. Hill & Sons, dated 30th December 1950, in which the violin is described as resembling the "Milanollo" of 1728; together with a letter from W.E. Hill & Sons of the same date, giving the history of the violin and stating that it had been "...loaned to the well-known player Ida Haendel who had hoped to acquire the instrument owing to its outstanding tonal qualities". Also accompanied by a letter from W.E. Hill & Sons, dated 13th July 1984, confirming the contents of the earlier documents and noting that the condition of the instrument had not changed in the intervening period.

The instrument is also sold with a dendrochronological analysis by John C. Topham, Redhill, dated 18th September 2002. This states that the youngest tree-rings measured on the front of the violin date from 1721 (bass side) and 1717 (treble side). It further notes that both pieces significantly cross-match a variety of fronts from other violins made by Antonio Stradivari.

Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 13, 2002, London, Christie's, Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 13, 2002, London, London


...the name 'Sleeping Beauty' is quite a recent epithet, which the violin only acquired in 2002 when the Times of London dubbed it that. The Times' lead was followed by other European press and by the auction house Christie's.

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VIII), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VI), Cologne

Provenance

in 1850 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
... ...
in 1878 Sold by David Laurie
until 1882 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1882 Hon. James H. Cecil Hozier MP
until 1888 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1888 W. Paton
- Lord Newlands
- Robert A. Bower
- Royal College of Music, London
until 1951 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1951 J. A. Billmeir
in 1973 Sold by Christie's
from 1973 Murdoch
in 1984 Hyung Hoon Sun
... ...
in 2002 Sold by Christie's
from 2002 Current owner

Known players

Ida Haendel

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, New York, NY (2010)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2002) States that the youngest tree-rings measured on the front of the violin date from 1721 (bass side) and 1717 (treble side).
  • Letter: Waidele, Göteborg (1984) To Mr. Sun
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1950)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1950) To Mr. Billmeir.

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VI), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius Cremona 1726 "ex Ida Haendel" (unpublished monograph), Machold Rare Violins, Vienna (illustrated)
  • Argentina
  • Christie's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, December 10, 1973, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 13, 2002, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 1610
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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