Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1712, the 'Le Brun'


Violin: 40228

"Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat anno 1712 AS" and inscribed on the label "Presviter Assensio cumpos***"

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Light golden-brown

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm


Notes:

"This instrument seems to have spent much of the 19th century in France. The first recorded owner is a M. Le Brun, who sold the violin to the Boutillier family. It subsequently passed to a Signor Signicelli, who was known as a violinist in Paris in the late 19th century. In 1922 it was sold by the Parisian dealers Caressa & Francais to Herr Otto Senn of Basel, and it has remained in the possession of his family ever since.

Otto Senn is also recorded by Doring as being the owner of the Samazeuilh Strad of 1717 (How Many Strads?, p. 214)."

Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 13 & 21, 2001, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 2001


"Reverni par Vuillaume."

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, Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Wash

Provenance

- Nicolò Paganini
- Boutillier family
- Charles LeBrun
until 1893 Chardon & Fils
from 1893 Vincenzo Sighicelli
from 1922 Otto Senn
in 2001 Sold by Sotheby's
... ...
from 2008 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Robertson & Sons, Albuquerque, NM (2008)
  • Certificate: Carl Becker & Son, Chicago, IL (2007)
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (2007)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2001) "The dendrochronological analysis of the table reveals that the youngest growth rings on each side date from 1703 and 1705. This correlates well with other Stradivari instruments of the period, notably the 1711 Parke, the 1713 Gibson-Huberman and another 1715 violin. John Topham also notes that it is probable that all of the pieces from these four violins come from the same tree."
  • Certificate: Caressa & Francais, Paris (1922)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1705.

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References

  • Correspondence with owner, April, 2008
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963 (illustrated)
  • Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Wash
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 13 & 21, 2001, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 2001 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)

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