Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1684, the 'Visconti da Madrona'


Cello: 41430

Back: Two-piece; the seal of the Visconti is painted on the back

Scroll: a later replacement, possibly by Lupot, or possible Betts

Ribs: the upper treble rib is a later replacement

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 76.7 cm

Upper bouts: 34 cm

Middle bouts: 24 cm

Lower bouts: 43.5 cm

There are 13 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

This is probably the instrument especially made for the Contessina Christina Visconti.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago


". . . originally a bass viola da gamba, is decorated with an armorial shield on front and back, possibly painted after its conversion."

Gold standard, Carlo Chiesa, The Strad, February, 2005, London


Emil Herrmann notes: "1800: brought to England, reduced in size by John Betts and replaced also head.. . . (instrument was enlarged again, proably by Hills)."

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC

Provenance

- Count Visconti
in 1800 John Betts
until 1911 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1911 Mrs. Ginn
1911 - 1949 Ginn Family
from 1950 Bernard Greenhouse
until 1958 Jacques Francais
from 1958 Benjamin Cooper
in 1964 Robert Alonzo Lehman
from 1969 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1901)
  • Certificate: Wurlitzer, New York, NY

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)

References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • The Strad, February, 2005, Carlo Chiesa, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • I violoncelli di Antonio Stradivari, Bruce Carlson, Conzorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 57 (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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