Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1713, the 'Boissier'


Violin: 40241

Back: Two-piece, with broad flame slanting downwards

Top: Slightly fuller than back

Varnish: Reddish-yellow

Length of back: 35.7 cm


Notes:

"The year 1713 gives us an admirable violin, the "Boissier," now owned by Senior Sarasate. Fetis mentions it as one of the finest existing Stradivaris, and we can certainly confirm his statement. Its outline is of the 14 and 1/16 inch form, the model a little fuller, though closely following that of the "Parke" instrument; the edge, corners, and purfling are perhaps a trifle neater, and the sound-holes more lightly cut. The varnish is also of great beauty, its tint being a shade redder than that of the "Parke," and the whole instrument is in very fine condition."

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

References

  • Ancêtres du Violon et du Violoncelle. Volume 2, Laurent Grillet, Chalres Schmid, Paris, 1901 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari
  • In the Beginning II
  • La Lutherie et les Luthiers, Antoine Vidal, Maison Quantin, Paris, 1889 (illustrated)
  • 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

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