Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1711, the 'Parke'


Violin: 40240

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Orange tinted

Length of back: 36 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

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Notes:

"Of the year 1711 one of the most typical and finely preserved examples is that known as the "Parke," until recently in the possession of Mr., John Adam, formerly owned by William Cramer, Fountaine, Plowden, and other well-known amateurs. Its proportions, as will be noted (see Appendix), are of full dimensions, and, combined with a broad, robust aspect, it worthily portrays this very manly type of Stradivari's work. Its varnish, of a rich orange tint, is beyond criticism, the softness of its texture being especially beautiful."

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902


"Early in the nineteenth century the violin was acquired in Milan by John Parke, a musician, from a noble family who had purchased it direct from Stradivari. One suspects that it was well known in Paris, since many of Honoré Derazey's violins appear to be copies of it. In England it was owned by Richard Hatton and Francois Cramer before successively joining three outstanding collections, those of Fountaine, Goding and Plowden. For a short time it then went to Leopold Auer in St Petersburg, before returning to England and the Croall, Adam, and Knoop collections. W.E. Hill and Sons sold it in 1906 to a home that has since both appreciated and cared for it as it deserves. Apart from an appearance at a Loan Exhibition in the South Kensington Museum (Londra, 1885), the "Parke" has not been seen in public before."

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987

Provenance

- John Parke
- Richard Hatton
- Francois Cramer
- Andrew Fountaine
- James Goding
until 1867 C. H. C. Plowden
- Leopold Auer
- William Croall
in 1901 John Adam
- Baron Johann Knoop
until 1906 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to dated 1707.
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1704.

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References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Guided Tour of the Library of Congress Collection of Stringed Instruments
  • J. & A. Beare Newsletter, 2009, J. & .A. Beare, London, 2009 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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