Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1701, the 'Servais, Chimay'


Cello: 40273

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1701"

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl

Top: of medium pronounced grain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 78.5 cm

Upper bouts: 34.5 cm

Middle bouts: 23.35 cm

Lower bouts: 44.35 cm

There are 46 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

"The only example which combines the grandeur of the pre-1700 instruments with the more masculine build of the master's earlier years."

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


"The f-holes are particularly interesting because, aside from being well-executed, they retain traces of the master's drawings in their interior. Lines of ink, compass arcs and the corresponding prick marks allow us to analyse the development of these soundholes."

Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010

Provenance

until 1837 Jean-Marie Raoul
1837 - 1841 Raoul family
from 1841 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
- Prince Nicholas Yusupov
in 1857 Adrien-Francois Servais
... ...
1866 - 1885 Joseph Serais
1885 - 1893 Auguste Couteaux
1893 - 1895 W. E. Hill & Sons
1895 - 1913 Prince de Caraman-Chimay
... ...
in 1919 Sold by Caressa & Francais
in 1919 Jean Louis Courvoisier
in 1919 Sold by Caressa & Francais
1919 - 1928 Ferdinand Pollain
from 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1929 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1929 - 1981 Charlotte V. Bergen
from 1981 Smithsonian Institution Museum

Known players

Adrien-Francois Servais, Anner Bylsma

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY

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References

  • The Strad, December, 1987, Roger Hargrave, London, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 2, Gary Sturm, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1987 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 2004, Jerome Carrington, London, 2004 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 2000, John Dilworth, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, London, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • 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
  • Smithsonian Press--Legacies--1Treasure House--Stradivari violoncello, 1701 http://www.smithsonianlegacies.si.edu/objectdescription.cfm?ID=26
  • Stradivari Pictures http://www.cello.org/heaven/hill/pix/Index.htm
  • The Classic Bowed Stringed Instruments from the Smithsonian Institution, Gakken Co., Tokyo, 1986 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • violons, Vuillaume, edited by Rémy Campos, Musée de la Musique, Paris, 1998 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)

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