Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1697, the 'Montbel'


Violin: 41321

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1703"

Back: One-piece with flames descending from right to left; several knots in lower right

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.15 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Despite the original label listing 1703 as the date, most experts believe the real year of construction was 1697/98 based on the narrow model used.

Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Karlsruhe


"A peculiar feature found on the back is a series of irregular sap marks that, like a swarm of bees attracted by the sugary varnish, have populated the bottom corner on the right hand side, providing the instrument with a distinguishing mark." – 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

in 1872 M. Quantinet
... ...
from 1883 M. Hohuette
in 1913 Rene Court
- Sold by Ernst Kessler
- Max Steinthal
in 1925 Sold by Erich Lachmann
from 1925 Hamma & Co.
- Harry Wahl
in 1927 Sold by Hug & Co.
in 1929 Dr. M. Weidlich
until c. 1937 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
... ...
in 1988 Sold by Hieronymus Köstler
from 1988 Landeskreditbank Baden Württemburg

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1955) "We have examined the Stradivari violin submitted bearing the date 1703, which we consider a thoroughly authentic example and typical of the period 1700, though we ourselves would attribute it to a few years earlier, 1697-98."
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart
  • Certificate: Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart
  • Certificate: Eugen Tenucci, Zurich

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • Harry Wahl's Violins, Maija-Stiina Roine, Cozio Publishing, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Violine von Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona, 1703, Montbel-Strad, Hug & Co., Zurich (illustrated)

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