Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1698, the 'Guyot'


Violin: 43843

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Facietbat Anno 1700."

Back: Two-piece quarter-cut maple of medium curl

Top: Fine grain, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: Volute is original but pegbox may be a replacement

Ribs: Somewhat broader curl

Varnish: Orange-red over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


Notes:

Emil Herrmann notes: "dated 1710. . ."

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC


"...[Doring and Henley] reported that it was named after a French family named Guyot. Emil Herrmann agreed with them and added that the family Guyot owned the instrument around 1900. Dr. Herbert Axelrod, on the other hand, related the name to the 'lacklustre luthier named Nicolas Guyot, who worked in Mirecourt during the period 1745-1761." – 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

Provenance

in 1928 Sold by Emil Herrmann
until 1931 Emile Guyot
... ...
in 1949 Frank J. Callier
... ...
in 2002 Sold by Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
2002 - 2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003 - 2007 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
from 2007 Current owner

Known players

Benjamin Schmid

Certificates & Documents

  • Insurance valuation: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002) Values the instrument at $1.6 million.
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2002)
  • Certificate: Frederick Oster Fine Violins, Philadelphia, PA (2002) “. . . a characteristic example of this maker’s work in a good state of preservation…..”
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1939)
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann, Berlin (1930)

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References

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • Emil Herrmann Rare Violins (Meistergeigen) 1927-28, Emil Herrmann, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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