Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1709, the 'Marie Hall, Viotti'


Violin: 41348

Original label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonsensis Faciebat Anno 1709"

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right

Scroll: of medium to broad curl

Ribs: of narrow curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 11 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

"The back was made from a log that Stradivari obtained in 1709 and utilized up to 1716."

The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins


"It was on this instrument that Viotti played his first concerts in Paris in 1781 which established his reputation."

Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Montpelier

Provenance

- John Betts
until 1817 Giovanni Battista Viotti
- Duke of Cambridge
until 1905 George Hart
1905 - 1956 Marie Hall
1956 - 1968 Mrs. Pauline S. M. Baring
in 1968 Sold by Sotheby's
1968 - 1974 Jack Morrison
until 1974 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1974 Tun Datu Mustapha
in 1988 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1988 Geraldo Modern
from 1991 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan

Known players

Giovanni Battista Viotti, Marie Hall, Thomas Bowes

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1974)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1905)

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References

  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1969, London (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • The Strad, 1910, B. Henderson, London, August (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 7, 1968, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Stradivarius: Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius
  • The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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