Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1668, the 'Golden Bell'


Violin: 42725

Bearing its original label, dated 1700.

Back: Two-piece

Top: one-piece

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.85 cm

Lower bouts: 20.85 cm

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Notes:

"The violin bears an original label 'Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1700,' but several experts shied away from that date and considered the instrument to be an earlier production." – 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


Currently on loan to the Museo Il Violino in Cremona. (2020)

Provenance

until 1937 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1937 Robert Augustus Bower
- Sold by Henry Werro
in 1962 Dr Fritz Hüsler
... ...
in 2017 Current owner

Known players

Simone Zgraggen

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Arjan Versteeg (2017)
  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (2017) "… was made, in my opinion, by the celebrated master Antonio Stradivari Cremona, circa 1668"
  • Dendrochronology report: Wolfgang Hamberger (2015)
  • Letter: Yehudi Menuhin (1991)
  • Letter: Hansheinz Schneeberger, Basel (1985)
  • Certificate: Eugen Tenucci, Zurich (1943) Hug & Co.
  • Certificate: Henry Werro, Bern (1943)
  • Certificate: Alfred Vidoudez, Geneva (1942)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936) "We are of the opinion that this instrument was made in earlier years than the above mentioned date [1700]."
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936) Attributes the violin to Stradivari's Amatise period despite the date on the label which reads 1700.

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • Home - Theater Uri
  • L'Age d'Or du Violon, Spa, Les Amis de la Musique (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 2003, Carlo Chiesa, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)

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