Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Da Vinci, Juif Errant'


Violin: 40490

Original label, dated 1714

Back: One-piece of medium curl sloping upwards from left to right

Top: of pine of medium grain at the center opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of narrower curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown, with orange reflections

Length of back: 35.35 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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Notes:

The title 'da Vinci' is of course the result of the comparison between the rich appearance of this violin and the work of the celebrated Italian Master. The name is first mentioned on the Caressa certificates.

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1974, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1974, London, London

Provenance

- M. d'Emonville
until 1888 Vicomte Leon de Janze
from 1888 Chardon & Fils
- G. Fourchy
until 1923 Caressa & Francais
from 1923 Charles Tunsch
in 1924 Sold by Erich Lachmann
in 1924 Sold by Emil Herrmann
from 1924 Toscha Seidel
in 1945 Mrs. Toscha Seidel
... ...
in 1974 Sold by Sotheby's
... ...
in 2000 Munetsugu Collection, Tokyo

Known players

Matteo Fedeli, Toscha Seidel

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1962)
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann, Berlin (1950)
  • Certificate: Oswald A. Schilbach, New York, NY (1924)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1924)
  • Certificate: Caressa & Francais, Paris (1914)
  • Receipt: Chardon & Fils, Paris (1888)
  • Receipt: Chardon & Fils, Paris (1888)

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References

  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin (1925), Alberto Bachman, The Library Press Limited, London
  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Christopher Bunting
  • Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1974, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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