Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1684, the 'Soames'


Violin: 40742

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat anno 1684"

Back: One-piece of faint small curl

Top: of pine of open grain

Scroll: almost plain

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 34.9 cm


Notes:

Both the Hill and Hammig certificates refer to the first owner as "Somes," but all subsequent references refer to him as "Soames."

Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 24, 1973, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 24, 1973, London, London

Provenance

in 1899 George Soames
... ...
in 1907 Sold by Glendining & Co.
in 1908 Mary Dickenson
1912 - 1973 Helen Ware
in 1973 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1973 Lawrence
from 1980 Current owner

Known players

Helen Ware

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1980) #2196.
  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (1908)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1899)

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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
  • The Strad, April, 1973, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 24, 1973, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • 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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