Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1732, the 'Baillot, Briselli'


Violin: 41563

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1732"

Back: One-piece showing a broad figure, with two small wooden insertions in the lower part

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

This instrument was buried by Marquis Valle in a steel box on his premises, and willed to Karpilowsky upon his death. Fritz Kreisler happened to be in Brazil at the time, saw the instrument, and recognized it as the instrument he had played in his first public performance in Vienna while still a young man.

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


Emil Herrmann notes: Dated 1717. Attributes the instrument to either Omobono or Francesco Stradivari.

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


"Hd by A - body shows influence of sons. . ."

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive, W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive

Provenance

until 1805 Count de Sorcy
1805 - 1842 Pierre Baillot
... ...
in 1870 Réné Baillot
- Julien Sauzay
in 1893 Madame Julien Sauzay
... ...
1920 - 1935 Enrico E. Marques-Valle
1935 - 1938 Daniel Karpilowsky
1938 - 1942 Samuel G. Fels
from 1942 Iso Briselli
2005 - 2006 Isabelle van Keulen
in 2006 Sold by Claude Lebet
from 2006 Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna

Known players

Daniel Karpilowski, Fritz Kreisler, Giuliano Carmignola

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2005) "[. . .]it appaears that the Baillot violin has more in common with Stradivari instruments made between 1718 and 1721 than it has with Stradivari violins made between 1733 and 1736."
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1995) orig. "199x"
  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1973) To Izo Briselli.
  • Certificate: Paul Serdet, Paris (1920)
  • Certificate: Vatelot-Hekking, Paris (1920) . . .head by Stradivari, but from another period. . .
  • Certificate: Charles Enel, Paris (1920) Testifies that it was the same instrument owned by Madame Sauzay and states that the date on the label (1732) was altered from the original inscription which read 1737.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1912) To Heath Lodge.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1893) To M. Sauzay.
  • Letter: Pierre Marie-Francois de Sales Baillot, Paris (1805) To Mr. Montbaillard

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

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-VI), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Papers
  • Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • 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)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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