Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1709, the 'Markevitch, Delphino'


Cello: 41288

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 75.6 cm

Upper bouts: 33.2 cm

Middle bouts: 21.8 cm

Lower bouts: 42.75 cm

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Notes:

"About three years after the instrument was finished, on M. Delphin, a man of some attainments, but not a musician, bought with all its contents, a house in Cremona. Here, among other valuables, he found the Stradivarius 'cello. . . .

In the course of time, Delphin's grandson became a musician, and to him was presented the 'cello. The young Delphin became an adept at his art, and while still a youth attracted the attention of the Prince Potemkin Tavritschesky, a high noble in the reign of Catherin II of Russia. . . . Thus Delphin was employed, and when he entered Russian brought the Stradivarius 'cello with him. Delphin had been only a few years in Russia when his Patron died. . . . Casting about for employment, he obtained the indulgence of that young fashionable, Count Goudowitsch, Master of the Royal Hounds of His Majesty Nicholas I. Here Delphin thrived until 1800, when he died suddenly.

During his life in Russia, Delphin had married, one daughter resulting from the union. . . . The girl, however, had no great desire to own the 'cello, convinced that she could make but poor use of it, and wishing rather that it might be perpetuated to the honour of her parent. So when the Count gave her 20,000 francs for it, she was both grateful and content.. . ."

. . . Growing towards old age, the Count expressed a desire to transmit the 'cello to some one that would both appreciate and preserve the gift. That was in 1864. The count was then 85 years old. . . . Among his relatives was this Andrew Nicolaievitsch Markowitsch, who was a musician of some attainments and a connoisseur of classic instruments. Feeling that he could make no better selection than this, he presented the 'cello to him, and by him it has been kept to this day."

A Valuable Violoncello, The Violin Times, July, 1898, London


Count cozio's Notes, June 5, 1816: "Measurements of the cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1709, and owned by Professor Alessandro Delfini, called Brescianino. . . ." (p. 244)

Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore

Provenance

from 1712 M. Delphin
until 1800 Count Delphino
until 1863 Count Andrei Gudovich
... ...
in 1902 Senator Andrei Markevitch
until 1915 Nicolas Markevitch
1915 - 1916 Caressa & Francais
from 1916 M. Rateau
- Sold by Albert Caressa
until 1938 Grace Broadbent
from 1938 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1959 Clarence Daggert
1962 - 1972 Dmitry Markevitch
... ...
in 2013 Current owner

Known players

Dmitry Markevitch, Lev Aronson, Oleg Kogan

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1698.

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References

  • The Violin Times, July, 1898, edited by E. Polanski, London
  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • 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
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1996, David Rattray, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Rare Cello Brought Here by Aronson, May 31, 1959
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
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