Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1733, the 'Prince Khevenhüller, Menuhin'


Violin: 40678

Labeled, ". . . fatto d'Anni 90."

Back: One-piece, with the royal seal of Prince Khevenhüller just below the button

Varnish: Dark red

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Presented to Yehudi Menuhin on his 12th birthday.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago


"In the body is a black seal which stands for the combined coat-of-arms of the Prince and of his wife, who was born Countess Maria of Strassoldo. The Princess herself was a violinist of no small talent. . .

When Professor Popoff acquired the instrument it was still in its original condition and even had its original neck; however, he had the neck changed upon the advice of a violin-maker in Moscow, because it was very much worn and made playing somewhat difficult.
The original neck is still preserved."

Two Famous Stradivarius-Violins: "King Maximilian" and "Prince Khevenhüller", Emil Herrmann, Two Famous Stradivarius-Violins: "King Maximilian" and "Prince Khevenhüller", New York

Provenance

from 1800 Prince Johann Friedrich Siegmund Khenhüller
in 1820 Joseph Böhm
... ...
from 1876 Louis Böhm
from 1900 Viktor Popov
in 1929 Sold by Emil Herrmann
in 1929 Henry Goldman
... ...
in 1937 Yehudi Menuhin
- Michel Scheinen
from 2000 Peter Biddulph
in 2004 Current owner

Known players

Joseph Böhm, Louis Böhm, Yehudi Menuhin

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1721.
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1721.

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References

  • Emil Herrmann Papers, 1910-1947, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998 (Box 90), Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Violins & Violinists, October-November, 1945, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1996, John Dilworth, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Sale Book, 1870-1936, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Stradivarius: Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Two Famous Stradivarius-Violins: "King Maximilian" and "Prince Khevenhüller", Emil Herrmann, New York (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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