Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1699, the 'Kustendyke'


Violin: 40654

Original label

Back: Two-piece

Top: Fine-grained

Scroll: still bears traces of the original black edging

Varnish: rich red-brown

Length of back: 36.0 cm

Upper bouts: 16 cm

Middle bouts: 10.95 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 34 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Exhibited at the Leeds Festival, Musical Instrument Section, in 1958.

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, William Henley, Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, Sussex


"What makes this violin in some ways a transitional instrument is the arching, which is fuller and stronger around the edges than in Stradivari's previous work, and far more o than the earliest Amatise violins. The corners are also reduced a little in length, giving slightly more weight to the outline in general, again strengthened by the purfling, which is like that of the 'Archinto': broader and sharper in the black lines compared with the lightly traced inlay of the 'Arditi'."

Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Montpelier

Provenance

until 1927 Baron von Kustendyke
in 1927 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1927 General Kahn
- Sold by Hart & Son
until 1961 Mrs C. Agnes Scott
from 1961 Royal Academy of Music, London

Known players

Colin Sauer, Lydia Mordkovitch, Xue Wei

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1681.

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References

  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • I Capolavori Cremonesi della Royal Academy of Music, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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