Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1728, the 'Smith, Barrett, Fuchs'


Violin: 41546

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1710"

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

Joseph Fuchs: "When I first visited England I had my small Strad with the 1710 label with me. He [Alfred Hill] recognized it immediately. He knew where he had seen it; he knew what was wrong with it, and he knew why the previous owner had sold it. 'It is a pretty little fiddle. Absolutely genuine,' he said, 'but it is not from 1710; it's from 1728. Don't let anybody tell you that the earlier date is correct. The label is wrong.'"

Joseph Fuchs: An Interview with William Salchow, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, Lancaster, PA

Provenance

- Luigi Tarisio
in 1848 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
- Caspar Gottlieb Meier
- John Adam
- Sold by David Laurie
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Richard Bennett
- Frederick Smith
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
- Felix E. Kahn
- Joseph Fuchs
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1950 James Barrett
... ...
in 1993 Current owner

Known players

Frank Peter Zimmermann, Joseph Fuchs

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris (1991)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1948) Dates the instrument to 1727.
  • Certificate: Gand & Bernardel, Paris (1884)

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References

  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1989, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Interpol Database of Stolen Art
  • Italian & French Violin Makers, Volume 4, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, The Violin Society of America, Lancaster, PA
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Three Centuries of Italian Violin Making, Artemio Versari, Edizioni Il Salabue, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Violin, Antonius Stradivarius 1727, "Ex Smith" (unpublished monograph), Machold Rare Violins, Vienna (illustrated)

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