Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1690, the 'Stephens'


Violin: 40726

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1690."

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right

Scroll: of narrow curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 36.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 2 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Emil Herrmann notes: "Period 1693/94. . . Very well repaired by Hills".

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC

Provenance

until 1925 Hart & Son
1925 - 1928 Nathan E. Posner
1928 - 1929 Alfred E. Stephens
1929 - 1930 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1930 Theophile Schneider
until 1946 Emil Herrmann
from 1946 Dr. Harry Backwin
until 1987 Madame Gaby-Spanoghe
in 1987 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1987 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1933)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1933)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1930)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1925)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart

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

  • 36 Famous Italian Violins, Alex Wasinski, Herman Gordon, New York (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, July, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 30, 1987, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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