Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, the 'Reynier, Regnier'


Violin: 41533

Original label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1727"

Back: Two-piece native Italian maple of narrow horizontal curl

Top: of medium grain in the center, opening out very slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 20.75 cm

Lower bouts: 16.7 cm


Notes:

"This violin is referred to by Doring and Henley as the 'ex Regnier or Reynier'. The confusion over the name seems to stem from the Hart certificate in which George Hart states that 'This violin is known as "the Regnier Stradivar" from its having belonged to the celebrated French violinist of that name.' In fact he was probably referring to Leon Reynier who is known to have been a prize winner at the Paris Conservatoire in 1847 and who, up until 1871 owned another Stradivari violin dated 1681 which has taken his name (see Doring p. 43)."

Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 18, 1979, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 18, 1979, London, London


Dated 1729.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Spa

Provenance

- Léon Reynier
from 1895 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by Hart & Son
1897 - 1915 Captain John Audley Harvey
... ...
in 1915 Robert Augustus Bower
1915 - 1938 Jules Fuerst
in 1938 Sold by Christie's
... ...
in 1979 Sold by Sotheby's
1979 - 1983 Jacques Francais
in 1987 Salvatore Accardo
... ...
in 1994 Current owner

Known players

Kalman Ronay, Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929)
  • Letter: Kalman Ronay (1915) To Jules Fuerst, formally acknowledging the loan of the instrument to him.
  • Receipt: Robert Bauer (1915) To Jules Fuerst.
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1897) Signed by George Hart and annotated by John Audley Harvey on May 17, 1915 and Robert A. Bauer on October 11,1915.

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References

  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (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 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 1938, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 18, 1979, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa
  • Vengerov inherits Heifetz's bow

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