Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1679, the 'Parera'


Violin: 40622

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1679."

Back: One-piece of plainish wood marked by a faint very small curl

Top: One-piece of open grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of native growth marked by a small curl

Varnish: Yellow-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm


Notes:

"The first known owner of the instrument was Mr. P.R. Parera, who owned it in 1860, and whose renowned collection of stringed instruments went on sale at Puttick & Simpson in London on 29 May 1877. Peter Davidson recorded that this violin from 1679 was auctioned for £70." – 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

Provenance

1860 - 1877 P. R. Parera
- Christopher Stone
- Lucy Stone
in 1877 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
... ...
1940 - 1941 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1941 Frederick Nicolls, Jr.
in 1957 Henry Hottinger
- Alfredo Halegua
- Thomas M. Roberts
- Susana H. Albagli
1998 - 2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Current owner

Known players

Emily Shinner, Gabriele Wietrowitz, Soovin Kim

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002)
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1998)
  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (1979)
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1957) To Henry Hottinger.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1941)

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Celebrated Violins and Their Owners
  • Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona 1679, Ex-Parera, Amati, New York (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 6, 2000, Chicago, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Classic Bowed Stringed Instruments from the Smithsonian Institution, Gakken Co., Tokyo (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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