The title pays homage to the czarist prince who fled the Russian Revolution in 1922 with the cello disassembled and its parts smuggled out in his baggage.
How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago
"Expert X questioned whether the scroll and ribs belonged. He valued at $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. . . .Beare valued at $400,000 and stated unsure what is Stradivarius. . . . Crane questioned the scroll and noted a massive top patch."
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
"This instrument is said to have been disassembled and smuggled out of Russia by Prince Anatol Gursky after the Revolution. The instrument was reputedly reassembled in Germany in 1922 by Emil Herrmann, though this work may have been done by Otto Möckel, as he issued the first certificate. Curiously, the Möckel certificate indicates the label is dated 1710, but Herrmann’s certificate states that the label is dated 1696, as it appears today. This cello is similar in wood, varnish, and proportions to the Lord Aylesford Stradivari cello dated 1696."
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC
"It seems likely that E. Herrmann swapped the 1710 label for one that he considered more in line with the characteristics of the instrument. In fact, the 'Prince Gursky' bears a significant resemblance to the 'Lord Aylesford' cello of 1696." – Alessandra Barabaschi
Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne