November 2019 New York auction

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Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1679, the 'Hellier'


Violin: 40237

Back: One-piece of broad curl

Top: of fine grain, opening slightly toward the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back, but of narrower curl

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.95 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

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Notes:

"As regards the dimensions, it differs from any other violin seen by us dated before 1684-85; these proportions were, in fact, never at any later period exceeded. Thus we see that Stradivari was already contemplating that change of proportions to which he was more generally to give effect after 1685. The perfect symmetry of the head, and the position and admirable design and cutting of the "f" holes, are also in advance of any of his contemporaneous work known to us. On the other hand, the model, heavy edge and small purfling are thoroughly characteristic of his early work, and the whole presents a heaviness and solidity of construction such as we may almost venture to say borders on clumsiness. We may here incidentally remark that this violin shows that Stradivari occasionally enjoyed rich patronage previous to 1680, for he received no ordinary remuneration for the making of such an instrument."

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


The 'Hellier' and the instrument known as the Spanish Stradivari, dated 1679 and 1687 respectively, have backs of broad curl in one piece; the latter is exceptionally handsome, and both are of wood of foreign i.e. non-Italian, growth.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


Remarkable for its somewhat unusual large proportions and general heaviness of structure.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


One of 10 surviving inlaid instruments by Stradivari.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Milan


On loan to Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum since 2004.

Classy Visitors To Vienna Museum, The Strad, January, 2004, London


Instrument #85 in the South Kensington Special Exhibit of 1872.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


Instrument #1081 at the Special Loan Exhibition at Fishmongers Hall, London in 1904.

1904 Loan Exhibition, Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London


Currently on loan to the Museo del Violino in Cremona.

Provenance

from 1734 Sir Samuel Hellier of Wombourne
- Sir Edward Hellier
in 1872 Colonel Shaw-Hellier
1875 - 1885 George Crompton
1885 - 1890 Charles James Oldham
1890 - 1910 Colonel Shaw-Hellier
1910 - 1912 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1912 Hamma & Co.
until 1925 Oscar Bondy
1925 - 1932 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1932 H. E. Morris
in 1957 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1957 - 1965 Henry Hottinger
1965 - 1979 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1979 Thomas M. Roberts
in 1993 Alfredo Halegua
from 1998 Anonymous
from 2014 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1998)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1957)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1957)
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1957)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1957)

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References

  • Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London
  • Triennale internazionale degli strumenti ad arco, Cremona (illustrated)
  • 36 Famous Italian Violins, Alex Wasinski, Herman Gordon, New York (illustrated)
  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 1987, Roger Hargrave, London (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonio Stradivari: l'estetica sublime, Maurizio Villa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Balfoort), Dirk J. Balfoort, The Continental Book Company, Stockholm (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VI), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Beautiful Italian Violins, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1963 (illustrated)
  • Berühmte Geigen und ihre Schicksale, P. J. Tonger, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, South Kensington Museum, London
  • The Strad, January, 2004, Newsquest, London
  • Cremona in Seoul: 1962-1993, The Andrea Bang Hall of String & Natural Coating, Seoul (illustrated)
  • Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mitteralter bis zur Gegenwart, Willibald Leo von Lütgendorff, Frankfurter Verlags-Anstalt, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 2, Gary Sturm, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona 1679, Ex-Hellier, Amati, New York (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 2, Gary Sturm, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Robert Bein, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • La Casa Nuziale: The Home of Antonio Stradivari, 1667-1680, Arnaldo Baruzzi, W. E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 1987, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Loan Exhibition of Stringed Instruments and Bows Commemorating the 70th Birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi, Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Stephen-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Classic Bowed Stringed Instruments from the Smithsonian Institution, Gakken Co., Tokyo (illustrated)
  • The Henry Hottinger Collection, 1967 (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its physical and acoustic principles, Paolo Peterlongo, Paul Elek, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Fall, 1975, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia (illustrated)

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