Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1683, the 'Cipriani Potter'


Small Violin: 40658

Bearing its original label, with a printed date of 166-, but the year "83" has been superimposed by hand.

Back: One-piece quarter-sawn maple.

Top: of even grain

Scroll: Decorated

Ribs: Floral decoration made with inlaid black mastic

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 33.9 cm

Upper bouts: 15.3 cm

Middle bouts: 10.3 cm

Lower bouts: 19.2 cm


Notes:

7/8-size. Third example of an ornamented instrument made by Stradivari.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


In addition to those three: the Messiah, the Archinto, the Kux/Castlebarco, we also dated the ex-Cipriani Potter, a 1683 Strad at the Ashmolean Museum. We found the rings dated to 1594-1673, which is consistent with the label date of 1683.

Soundpost Online | Where players, makers and connoisseurs of the violin meet to exchange news, views and information, Stefan Hersh

Provenance

- d'Este family
- Cipriani Potter
until 1946 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1946 Ashmolean Museum, Hill Collection, University of Oxford

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1677.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)

References

  • The Strad, October, 2011, Bruce Carlson, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: l'estetica sublime, Maurizio Villa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Il Legno si fa Musica, le mostre della Cassa di Risparmio, Verona (illustrated)
  • Musical Instruments in the Ashmolean Museum: The Complete Collection, John Milnes, editor, Oxford Musical Instrument Publishing, Oxford (illustrated)
  • Soundpost Online | Where players, makers and connoisseurs of the violin meet to exchange news, views and information, Stefan Hersh
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • Stringed Instruments: Viols, Violins, Citterns, and Guitars in the Ashmolean Museum, Harvey S. Whistler, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (illustrated)
  • The decorated instruments of Antonio Stradivari
  • The Hill Collection of Musical Instruments, David D. Boyden, Oxford University Press, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Legacy, Carlo Chiesa & Duane Rosengard, Peter Biddulph, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Viols, Violins and Virginals, Jennifer A. Charlton, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (illustrated)
  • Welcome to Peter Biddulph Ltd

Welcome


You already have a Tarisio account. Please login to continue.

Forgot Password

Homepage

Welcome


Please register or ​to continue.

Homepage

Welcome


Please register or ​to continue.

We have sent you an email.
Please follow the link to confirm your registration.

Homepage

Create Your Password


Click the button below and we'll email you a link to generate your Tarisio password.

Homepage