Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1722, the 'Joachim, Elman'


Violin: 41503

Original label, but date is faded: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1722"

Back: Two-piece of faint broad figure sloping downwards from the joint

Top: of medium width grain at the centers, broadening towards the edges

Scroll: of medium figure

Ribs: of medium figure

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.85 cm


Notes:

Listed as an instrument of the year 1721 in Doring's book.

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


"[quoting Elman]: 'Of course, the instrument the artist uses is an important factor in making it possible for him to do his best. My violin? It is an authentic Strad -- dated 1722. I bought it of Willy Burmester in London. You see he did not care much for it. The German style of playing is not calculated to bring out the tone beauty, the quality of the old Italian fiddles. I think Burmester had forced the tone, and it took me some time to make it mellow and truly responsive again, but now. . ..' Mr. Elman beamed. It was evident he was satisfied with his instrument."

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, New York


"[quoting Nachez:] 'My violin? I am a Stradivarius player, and possess two fine Strads, though I also have a beautiful Joseph Guarnerius. Ysaye, Thibaud and Caressa, when they lunched with me not long ago, were enthusiastic about them. My favorite Strad is a 1716 instrument—I have used it for twenty-five years. But I cannot use the wire strings that are now in such vogue here. I have to have Italian gut strings. The wire E cuts my fingers, and besides I notice a perceptible difference in sound quality.'"

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, New York


Dated 1721.

Sale Book, 1870-1936, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Provenance

- Accursi
from 1874 David Laurie
- Soyer
from 1877 David Laurie
from 1878 Mr. van de Weghe
until 1878 Joseph Joachim
1878 - 1893 Dr. David Hausmann
- Jan W. L. van Oordt
until 1893 August Riechers
1893 - 1906 Professor Leonhard Wolff
- Sold by Emil Herrmann
1906 - 1907 Willy Burmester
1907 - 1953 Mischa Elman
from 1953 Sam Bloomfield
in 1970 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1970 Merryman
in 1973 Rony Rogoff
... ...
1981 - 1991 Josef Suk II
from 1991 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan

Known players

Josef Suk (II), Mischa Elman, Mischa Elman

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Henry Werro, Bern (1972)
  • Certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL (1962)
  • Letter: Emil Herrmann (1962)
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1957)
  • Letter: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL (1953) Signed by R. A. Olson
  • Letter: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1948) Signed by J. C. Freeman
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1943)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1941) Signed by J. C. Freeman
  • Letter: August Riecher, Berlin (1893)
  • Letter: August Riecher, Berlin Undated.

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VIII), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1982, Cologne, Bongartz's, Bongartz's, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Fuchi Hsu of the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, May, 2004
  • Feine Streichinstrumente und Bögen, Geigenauktionen Bongartz, Aachen (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 22, 1970, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Star Gazing
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, March-April, 1954, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York

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