Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1684, the 'Croall, McEwen'


Violin: 40741

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1684"

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Orange-yellow

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.25 cm

Middle bouts: 10.65 cm

Lower bouts: 20.25 cm

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Notes:

The violin was bought for Katherine, daughter of Robert Finnie McEwen, when she was eight years old. Katherine later became the Countess of Scarborough.


"The Hills recorded the first proprietor of the violin as the Countess of Seaford, who was probably Mary Elizabeth Nina Townend, wife of the Scottish nobleman Jamie Ogilvie-Grant." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne

Provenance

until 1845 Countess of Seafield
1845 - 1906 William Croall
from 1906 Frederick Smith
until 1908 W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1908 Robert Finnie McEwen
1908 - 1968 Katherine, Countess of Scarbrough
in 1968 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1968 F. Mitchell
- Sold by Henry Werro
from 1998 Westdeutsche Landesbank
in 2017 Sold by Ingles & Hayday

Known players

Alexander Gilman, Frank Peter Zimmermann

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1908)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1908)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1908)

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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
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Catalog of Fine Violins, Pewter & Works of Art, December 19, 1968, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)

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