Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1711, the 'Lady Inchiquin'

Violin: 41590

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1711."

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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"The violin still bears an original label reading 'Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1711' and is named after its former owner, Lady Inchiquin -- born Ethel Jane Foster -- wife of the 15th Baron of Inchiquin, member of the ancestral family of the O'Briens, who were one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood to descend directly from Brian Bóruma High King of Ireland in the 11th century.

The instrument has often mistakenly been called 'Parke', which has caused confusion on several occasions, although the real 'Parke' has a two-piece back. . . .The violin is listed in Goodkind under "Parke, Cho-Ming Sin" with a provenance that appears to be crossed with the "Parke" Stradivari of 1711 in the possession of J.&A. Beare. The 'Lady Inchiquin is surprisingly absent from William Henley's book but his description of the 'Parke' ends with an illuminating sentence that shows how the author conflated the two instruments: 'Later belonged to Lord Inchequin, and bought by a Mr. Aufenart in 1948 from Puttick & Simpson's.' In fact, it was the 'Lady Inchiquin' that was auctioned and not the 'Parke'. Even the dealers Bein & Fushi could not avoid a mix-up involving the 'Lady Inchiquin' and the 'Parke'. In the certificate they prepared for the former, they mentioned a statement the Hills made in their book that actually refers to the latter: "The instrument is known as "The Parke", so named for one of its early owners.""

– Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


until 1889 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1889 Mrs Foster
until 1940 Lady Inchiquin
1940-1948 Sir Donough Edward Foster O'Brien
in 1948 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1948 Mr Aufenart
until 1978 Cho-Ming Sin
in 1978 Sold by Bein & Fushi, Inc
1978-2001 Walter Scholefeld
from 2001 Current owner

Known players

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc, Chicago, IL (1980)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1889) "The belly of the violin has at some time been slightly browned with some fresh varnish. . ."

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