Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1684, the 'Lord Elphinstone, Veerman'


Violin: 44860

Original label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1684"

Back: Two-piece of faint small curl

Top: of even fine grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: cut on the slab

Varnish: golden

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 28 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

A lawsuit was held over the scroll, which had been removed by the French violin-maker Chanot and sold for 60 pounds. Chanot lost the suit and was forced to re-unite the original scroll with the instrument.

Correspondence with Philip Greenberg


"In Mr. Andreas Post's opinion, the scroll, which shows medium flaming, is of the Golden Period probably dating to 1716." – 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

- Sold by George Hart
until 1873 Sir Howard Elphinstone
in 1873 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by David Laurie
- George A. Chanot
until 1882 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1882 Aloys Kettenus
- L. Veerman
in 1898 James Watts
- J. G. Chapman
in 1904 Shelley Tar
until 1946 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1946 Charles Norman
until 1953 W. E. Hill & Sons
1953 - 1984 Lionel Bentley
in 1984 Sold by Christie's
... ...
in 2005 Philip Greenberg
... ...
in 2016 Current owner

Known players

J. Winkler, Lionel Bentley, Tamás Kocsis

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1953) Traces the history of the instrument back to Sir Howard Elphinstone, who sold the instrument in 1873 to W. E. Hill.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1882)

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

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Christie's Fine Musical Instruments and Printed Music Auction Catalog, April 4, 1984, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments and Printed Music Auction Catalog, June 20, 1984, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Philip Greenberg, March, 2005
  • Lionel Bentley: a profile
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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