Carlo Bergonzi I, Cremona, 1738


Violin: 43026

Original label

Back: One-piece of faint curl of medium width extending downwards from left to right

Top: of straight, even-grained spruce

Ribs: of slightly plainer wood

Varnish: Orange

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.65 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm


Notes:

"This exceptional violin represents an important transition from Carlo Bergonzi's individual output to instruments that are collaborations with his son, Michele Angelo."

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

Provenance

until 1905 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1905 J. T. Chapman
until 1915 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1915 William Ackroyd
until 1925 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1925 Henry Ford
in 1960 Henry Ford Museum

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1926)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1925)

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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)
  • Wurlitzer Collection of Rare Violins, Violas & Bows, Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, May-June, 1960, Victor Angelescu, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)

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