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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until 1800 William Forster Sr.
from 1800 N. Yatman
- General Bosville
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
in 1885 Thomas Oldaker
- Senator William Andrews Clark
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
... ...
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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