Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1720, the 'Mendelssohn, 'Red Violin''


Violin: 40316

Original label: "Antonio Stradivari Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1720"

Back: Two-piece of medium to broad curl descending from the center joint

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.75 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


Notes:

Listed as 1720 in Goodkind.

The Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Larchmont, NY


This is the instrument upon which the film "The Red Violin" is loosely based.

Provenance

- Lilli von Mendelssohn
- Franz von Mendelssohn
until 1956 Hamma & Co.
from 1956 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
until 1990 Luthier Rosenthal & Son
from 1990 Current owner

Known players

Elizabeth Pitcairn

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1956)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1956)

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1990, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • http://www.christies.com/departments/exceptionalprices.asp?DID=42
  • 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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