Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1704, the 'Sleeping Beauty, Dornröschen, Boeselager'


Violin: 40715

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 172?" (the last 3 digits are handwritten, the last being either a 0 or 9)

Back: Two-piece show broad flames ascending from the center joint

Top: of fine grain in the center, broadening towards the flanks

Ribs: of wood similar to back, with broader flames

Varnish: Orange-red over a golden-yellow ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

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Notes:

Although this instrument bears an original label dated 1720 or 1729 (the last digit is unclear), most experts concur that it was actually constructed in 1704.

Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Karlsruhe

Known players

Isabelle Faust, Wilma von Boeselager

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1897)
  • Certificate: Alfred Vidoudez, Geneva
  • Certificate: Claude Lebet, Rome
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London
  • Certificate: Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart

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References

  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • Faust and the Sleeping Beauty: barons, a castle and a violin
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Stephen-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 2007, Newsquest, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)

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