Francesco Rugeri, Cremona, 1691

Violin: 45332

Labeled, "Francesco Ruger detto il per, in Cremona 1691."

Sold by the Hill firm to Irish violinist Patrick Delaney a century ago, this violin then belonged to violinist Kathleen Washbourne who played under Sir Adrian Boult with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ms Washbourne notably premiered pieces for two violins by Patrick Hadley and Alan Rawsthorne with Jessie Hinchliffe at the Wigmore Hall in January, 1938.

Back: in two pieces of slab cut maple with faint, mostly horizontal curl.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with narrow-width grain broadening toward the edges.

Scroll: of plainer maple.

Ribs: of quarter-cut maple with narrow width flame

Varnish: of a golden-brown color.

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 11.0 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

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until 2020 Anonymous
in 2020 Sold by Tarisio
from 2020 Current owner

Known players

Kathleen Washbourne

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Tarisio, London (2020)
  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2020) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1654 and 1660, respectively. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1922)
  • Letter certificate: Dykes & Sons, London (1922)

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  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments and Printed Music Auction Catalog, June 21, 1988, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)


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