Francesco Stradivari, Cremona, 1740, the 'Petersen'

Violin: 45521

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1734."

Back: One-piece, cut on the slab, of almost plain wood of horizontal medium curl on the extremeties of the lower bouts

Top: of medium to open grain

Scroll: later, of medium to narrow curl

Ribs: of irregular medium curl

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.8 cm

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Thomas C. Petersen
in 1974 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1974 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962) Notes that the model is shorter than the 'long' pattern, which he more frequently used. Wurlitzer further notes that a mould for this particular type of outline still exists in the 'Museo Stradivariano; in Cremona, together with other effects from Stradivari's workshop.
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1962) Notes that the instrument is purfled with only one strip of dyed hardwood and that the model recalls the 'long' pattern of Antonio Stradivari's work.

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  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 25, 1974, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 5, 1996, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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