Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1692, the 'Falmouth'

Violin: 42274

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1692."

Back: One-piece

Top: of even medium grain

Scroll: of broader figure

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden orange-brown

Length of back: 36.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16 cm

Middle bouts: 10.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20 cm

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Senator William Andrews Clark
General Bosville
until 1800 William Forster Sr.
from 1800 N. Yatman
in 1834 Herington
until 1853 Earl of Falmouth
in 1853 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1853 Fry
until 1867 W. E. Hill & Sons
1867-1878 Thomas Stevenson
in 1878 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1878 H. L. Greenwall
until 1880 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1880 and in 1885 Thomas Oldaker
until 1891 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1891 Mrs. Robert Smith
until 1936 Mrs. Guthrie Watson
... ...
in 1982 Sold by Christie's
1982-1987 Luigi Alberto Bianchi
in 1987 Sold by Christie's
... ...
from 1996 and in 2004 Anonymous
... ...
from 2013 Current owner

Known players

Leonidas Kavakos, Luigi Alberto Bianchi

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936) Traces the history of the violin back to William Forster senior.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)

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  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments and Printed Music Auction Catalog, June 2, 1982, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 26, 1987, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Greek Fire
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)


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