Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, c. 1736, the 'Vinegra, Wallace'


Violin: 43010

Labeled, "Anno 1732 Carlo Bergonzi fecit in Cremona."

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16.25 cm

Middle bouts: 10.37 cm

Lower bouts: 20.25 cm

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Notes:

"It appears that the corners and rib mitres have been modified because the mitres are blunted and rounded rather than sharp as typically seen in Cremones violins of this period. Unusually, the 'Vinegra, Wallace' does not have visible pins to the extremeties of the back and has maple purfling, yet these features are evident in other examples."

Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Cremona


"Count Cozio di Salabue described a 1736 violin in his collection with a two-piece back and red varnish. He remarks that he had the chin of the head altered because it was too extended. Interestingly, this violin has a different, slightly squarer shape to the chin together with blunted corners: with this evidence, it is tempteing to imagine the 'Vinegra, Wallace' as Cozio's violin from 1736."

Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled, Christopher Reuning, editor, Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled, Cremona

Provenance

until 1896 Salvador Vinegra
from 1896 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by George Hart
- George Ellenburger
in 1929 Sold by George Hart
1929 - 1932 Albert H. Wallace
in 1932 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1932 - 1973 Nathan Abas
until 1988 Sau-Wing Lam
from 1988 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1973)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1932)

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References

  • Violins & Violinists, February-March, 1949, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago
  • Carlo Bergonzi: A Cremonese Master Unveiled, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Cremona 1730-1750: the Olympus of Violin Making, Christopher Reuning, editor, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Emil Herrmann Rare Violins (Meistergeigen) 1927-28, Emil Herrmann, New York (illustrated)
  • Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin (illustrated)
  • Sau-Wing Lam, Dietmar Machold (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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