Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1729, the 'Wechsberg, Mez'


Violin: 42277

Bearing its original label, with the date altered to 1716: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1716."

Back: One-piece of medium figure sloping downwards to the left

Top: of even medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Reddish over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm


Notes:

Listed as a 1716 instrument by Goodkind.

The Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Larchmont, NY

Provenance

- Marquis de Lambertyge
- Labitte
in 1878 Christmann
- Sold by Gustave Bernardel
from 1895 Oscar Mez
until 1984 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962) "... made by Antonio Stradivari circa 1730."
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1961) "... the violin is in my opinion a work of Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, period 1729/30 and bears a label 1716."
  • Letter: Gustave Bernardel, Paris (1895)

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References

  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 20, 1984, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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