Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1722, the 'Laurie'

Violin: 43096

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1722."

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl ascending from the center joint

Top: of medium broad grain in the center, narrowing towards the flanks

Scroll: of faint curl

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


...on 10 March 1880 David Laurie sold to Joseph Joachim a 1722 Stradivari violin which had slightly narrow back-plate flames rising gently from the centre-joint and a front plate with a chipped treble-side C-bout edge. The known history of this violin dates back no further than 1870 when it was in the posession of Charles Lamoureux

Joseph Joachim, David Laurie, and Mischa Elman: revising the provenance, Nicholas Sackman


in 1870 Charles Lamoureux
in c. 1871 Accursi
in 1874 Sold by Gand & Bernardel
1874-1880 David Laurie
from 1880 Joseph Joachim
1887-c. 1930 Franz von Mendelssohn
Francis Drake Ballard
in 1963 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (1930) Certificate No. 690

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  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Joseph Joachim, David Laurie, and Mischa Elman: revising the provenance, Nicholas Sackman, 2019
  • Joseph Joachims Geigen, Ruprecht Kamlah, Palm und Enke, Erlangen
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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