Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1720, the 'Gillott'


Small Violin: 41418

Original label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1720 AS"

Back: Two-piece of medium curl descending slightly from the joint

Top: of fine grain

Scroll: Carved shield in place of scroll

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 26.7 cm

Upper bouts: 12.7 cm

Lower bouts: 15.2 cm


Notes:

A 1/4-size violin. Peg-box terminates in a shield instead of the usual scroll.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), London


Instrument #181 at the South Kensington Special Exhibition of 1872.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, London


Instrument #1083 at the Special Loan Exhibition at Fishmongers Hall, London in 1904.

1904 Loan Exhibition, Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London

Provenance

until 1848 Luigi Tarisio
from 1848 John Hart
until 1872 Joseph Gillott
in 1872 Sold by Christie's
1872 - 1883 George A. Chanot
from 1883 George Adolph Chanot
until 1895 W. W. Boreham
in 1895 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
... ...
in 1904 Mrs Chapman
until 1942 J. G. Chapman
1942 - 1946 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1983 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1983 Hans Schambach
in 1985 Schambach-Kaston Collection, Yale University
until 1999 Suntory Limited
from 1999 Osaka College of Music

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1983)

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References

  • Catalog for the Special Loan Exhibition of Musical Instruments, Manuscripts, Portraits and other Mementos, Fishmonger's Hall, London
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Catalogue of the Special Exhibition at South Kensington, England, Carl Engel, South Kensington Museum, London
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 7, 1983, Part I, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Schambach-Kaston Collection of Musical Instruments, Richard T. Rephann, Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, New Haven (illustrated)

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