Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1719, the 'MacDonald'


Viola: 40262

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 41.1 cm

Upper bouts: 18.6 cm

Lower bouts: 24.3 cm

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Notes:

"The style of this viola in certain details-the flat model, the squarer outline and corners, broad edge, and very sturdy aspect as a whole - plainly heralds that of many of Stradivari's later productions; but the rather small and slightly Amatise sound-holes and clean finish of the work are typical of the earlier period. The wood of the back is of one piece, of broad and moderately handsome curl, the sides and head matching; that of the belly shows a broad and well-marked grain; the instrument is well covered with the red varnish so favoured by the master (a red tinged with orange), and its state of preservation leaves no room for complaint."

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


Dated 1705.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa


This instrument, along with two other Strads [1509 and 2269] were purchased by George withers in 1887 for 57,000 FF and re-sold immediately to the Duc de Camposelice for 65,000 FF.

Drei Instrumenten von Stradivarius, Paul de Wit, Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, Leipzig


"According to him (Schidlof]: 'It is generally accepted that it was made in 1701, but Charles Beare thinks it's 1718, and he seems pretty sure about it. . . Occasionally I change instruments, and people think I am playing a Strad when in fact I am using my other instrument, a rare viola by Nicolo Bergonzi. . .'"

The Instruments of the Amadeus Quartet, The Strad, January, 1988, London

Provenance

until 1792 Marquis dalla Rosa
from 1792 John Betts
- Captain Coggan
- G. Champion
- Lord MacDonald
from 1832 John Hart
until 1857 James Goding
1857 - 1887 Vicomte Leon de Janze
in 1887 George Withers & Sons
1887 - 1889 Duc de Camposelice
in 1889 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1889 - 1892 Isabella Eugenia, Duchess of Camposelice
from 1892 Baron Johann Knoop
until 1913 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1913 Richard Bennett
in 1926 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1926 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co
in 1926 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
1926 - 1937 Felix M. Warburg
... ...
in 1945 Gerald F. Warburg
... ...
from 1964 Max Möller
until 1987 Peter Schidlof
from 1987 Current owner

Known players

Marcel Dick, Peter Schidlof, William Primrose

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1926)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1712.

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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
  • Charles Ervin Violins
  • Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, Paul de Wit, edited by Paul de Wit, Leipzig, July 11, 1887
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The first star of the viola
  • The Strad, January, 1988, London
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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