Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1731


Violin: 41559

With inscription "d'anni 87."

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Golden-brown


Notes:

"Of the head, considering it as the work of Antonio, one cannot speak in terms of unqualified admiration. It is undoubtedly original, and betrays no indication of having been cut by either of the maker's sons, whose scrolls, so far at least as my observations go, are inclined to be somewhat massive in design. Here, if anywhere, is some slight indication of waning powers, but the failure seems to me to be more in the design than the execution of the work."

A Stradivari Violin, dated 1731, Towry Piper, The Strad, 1912, London

Provenance

until 1913 John & Arthur Beare
from 1912 Current owner

References

  • The Strad, 1912, Towry Piper, London, May (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999

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