Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1685, the 'Gagliano'


Violin: 43841

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: by Alessandro Gagliano, of very fine grain, widening slightly towards the flanks

Scroll: not original

Ribs: cut on the quarter

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.65 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.55 cm


Notes:

Valued informally by "Expert X" at $300,000 - $500,000. Charles Beare informally valued the instrument at $300,000.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004

Provenance

in 2002 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) Values the instrument at $1.2 million.
  • Certificate: Peter Biddulph, London (2000) Made by “Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, ca. 1685 with the exception of the front … The scroll is a later replacement…. The front, by Alessandro Gagliano of Naples, ca. 1700, ….”

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)

References

  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004

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