Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1672, the 'Sellière'


Violin: 40734

Original label

Back: One-piece cut on the slab of faint small curl

Top: of fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood matching back

Ribs: of wood similar to back but cut on the quarter

Varnish: Light golden brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

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Notes:

"Repaired" by Vincenzio Ascencio in Madrid. The original date on the label was probably 1672, but was later modified to 1692.

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Cremona


Emil Herrmann notes: "In perfect condition."

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

from 1780 Don Carlos (King Charles IV)
- Carolina Ferni
in 1881 Baron Frank Sellière
... ...
from 1892 Baron Johann Knoop
from 1895 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1898 Sold by Emile Germain
from 1898 Lynen
in 1912 Sold by Caressa & Francais
from 1912 Hamma & Co.
1912 - 1930 Theodor Hämmerle
... ...
from 2019 Lucerne Festival Strings

Known players

Wolfgang Schneiderhan

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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