Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1734, the 'Habeneck'


Violin: 40150

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Dark orange

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.65 cm


Notes:

"The label inside the Habeneck violin states that Stradivari was 91 when it was made and hence it is the latest dated instrument to bear his label. His two sons, Francesco and Omobono, are known to have been assisting in the workshops during the 1730s, possibly alongside Carlo Bergonzi. This may be one of the instruments which were still in Stradivari’s possession at the time of his death in 1737. The violin itself seems to have been built using the 'PG' mould from 1689.. . .

The Habeneck is remarkable for its purity and the meticulous workmanship; certain features, including the cut of the soundholes and scroll, indicate the collaboration of Stradivari’s eldest son, Francesco."

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Provenance

until 1824 Nicolas Lupot
from 1824 François-Antoine Habeneck
until 1872 Andrew Fountaine
... ...
from 1903 Ada Lewis Hill
from 1890 Royal Academy of Music, London

Known players

Christopher Warren-Green, Simone Lamsma

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1720.

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References

  • Ankauf von Zwei prächtigen Stradivari-Geigen, April 11, 1903
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • I Capolavori Cremonesi della Royal Academy of Music, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2003 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music http://www.ram.ac.uk/museum
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Stephen-Peter Greiner, 2010 (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona, 2002 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1991, Helen Wallace, London, 1991 (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Strad's Pick of Up-And-Coming Makers and Musicians
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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