Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1670, the 'Sachs'


Violin: 41974

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 16__."

Back: Two-piece

Top: of medium grain, broadening towards th flanks

Scroll: Later

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 15.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 19.6 cm


Notes:

"The back of this instrument is very similar to two of Stradivari's earlier works, the violin 'Back' from c.1666, owned by the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and the violin 'Aranyi' from c.1667." – 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

Provenance

in 2002 Sold by Frederick Oster Fine Violins
in 2002 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
2002 - 2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Anonymous
in 2016 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Beare Violins Ltd, London (2016)
  • Valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) "This violin is a characteristic example of the maker’s Amatise period, and is in a good state of preservation.” Valued at $1.9 million.
  • Certificate: Frederick Oster Fine Violins, Philadelphia, PA (2002)
  • Letter: Frederick Oster Fine Violins, Philadelphia, PA (2002) "A characteristic example of this maker’s early work … this violin is nearly identical to another by this maker, known as the ex-Back dated 1669. The back appears to have the same wood selection as that of the Aranyo Stradivari of 1667.”
  • Certificate: Chardon & Fils, Paris (1922)

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004

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