Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1709, the 'Lady Hallé, Ernst'


Violin: 40287

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm


Notes:

"We recall a violin of special tonal merit made in 1709 - Lady Halle's, formerly Ernst's. And who that has heard Lady Halle play will not bear this statement out? The ripe, woody, and yet sparkling quality, its perfect responsiveness and equality on all the strings, and the ever-swelling sonority, all contribute to delight the cultivated listener."

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


"In an earlier chapter, I referred to the first Straduarius violin that had ever come before me, and which had been shewn me by Ernst on the occasion of his first visit to Leeds early in the 'fifties. In order to shew how the lives of these famous fiddles may be traced, I give the following interesting account. Approaching one hundred years ago, two very fine specimens of Straduarius workmanship came into the possession of Mr. A. Fountaine, of Narford Hall, in Sussex. These two violins he kept in a double case, where they rested, side by side, for many years. Mr. Fountaine, a great enthusiast, was in the habit of inviting musical house-parties from London for the week-ends.

Among those who were most frequently invited was Ernst, and, as a great privilege, he was permitted to lead the quartet party or to play his solo contributions on one of these superb fiddles the one usually designated by Mr. Fountaine as his "second best ;" the other instrument never being permitted to be used for playing purposes, but being lifted from the case merely for admiring glances. One memorable Sunday, Ernst played so exquisitely on the "Strad." lent him by his host, that Mr. Fountaine said he must use it regularly as his solo instrument, and straightway made the artist a gift of it. This was the violin shewn me by Ernst in 1852, and which he used till the day of his death. After passing through several hands, it was the one selected, twenty years later, by Madame Norman-Neruda, who was requiring such an instrument for her own concert performances. "

Some Early Musical Recollections of G. Haddock, George Haddock, Some Early Musical Recollections of G. Haddock, London

Provenance

- Andrew Fountaine
until 1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
in 1870 Madame Ernst
in 1875 Sold by David Laurie
1875 - 1911 Lady Hallé (Wilma Neruda Norman)
from 1911 Dr. Emmerich
until 1932 Emil Herrmann
from 1932 Zlatko Balokovic
- Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1938 Mrs Arthur Crary
from 1968 Unknown
in 1975 William Kroll
... ...
in 2019 Current owner

Known players

Bird Elliot, Dénes Zsigmondy, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Lady Hallé (Wilma Neruda Norman)

References

  • 36 Famous Italian Violins, Alex Wasinski, Herman Gordon, New York (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Historic Women Performers: Lady Hallé, Cozio Carteggio feature, Alessandra Barabaschi
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Die Kunst Des Geigenbaues (1930), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Leipzig (illustrated)
  • Some Early Musical Recollections of G. Haddock, George Haddock, Schott & Co., London
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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