Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1683, the 'de Ahna, Amatise'


Violin: 40146

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1683"

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of narrow slightly irregular curl

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Unfortunately, all documents concerning this instrument were lost in the Second World War.

Mostra di Antonio Stradivari, Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963


Valued informally at $1 million by 'Expert X,' who questioned the authenticity of the scroll. Valued informally at $1.1 to $1.6 million by Adam Crane, who also questioned the scroll.

Provenance

until 1890 Richard Weichold
from 1890 Mrs. Schuler
- Dr. A. Bilfinger
until 1962 Hamma & Co.
from 1962 Dr. Theodore Kaser
- Cho-Ming Sin
until 1996 Saschko Gawriloff
1996 - 1998 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd.
1998 - 2003 Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 Current owner

Known players

Heinrich Carl de Ahna, Matthew Trusler, Saschko Gawriloff, Willy Burmester

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, New York, NY (2002) Values the instrument at $2.4 million.
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, New York, NY (1998) “It is original in all its essential parts like table, back, ribs and scroll.”
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1962)

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

  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002 (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona 1683, Ex-De Ahna, Machold Rare Violins, 1998 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993 (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963 (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • Private Papers
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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