Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1709, the 'Mendelssohn'


Violin: 46611

Back: One-piece

Reported stolen in 1945


Notes:

Reported stolen from the Deutsche Bank in Berlin "on the occasion of the occupation of Berlin.... It bears an authentic inscription of the year 1709. ... It is generally known as the small Mendelssohn Stradivari. It was valued at RM 80,000 in 1930."

Stolen instrument notice, The Strad, September, 1958, London


"The 1709 Stradivari was last documented on December 18, 1940 as being located at 51 Jägerstrasse, Berlin, a Mendelssohn property taken over by the Nazis for the Reich Finance Ministry. Lilli Mendelssohn-Bohnke’s son, Walter Bohnke, reported that the Stradivari was stolen from the Deutsche Bank in Berlin upon the 1945 occupation of Berlin, but records from the Deutsche Bank Archive suggest the violin may have vanished before this." - Carla Shapreau, Carteggio feature Sept 2015

Provenance

- Mendelssohn family
until 1928 Emile Bohnke and Lilli von Mendelssohn
1928 - c. 1945 Mendelssohn family
from c. 1945 Reported stolen

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. H. Hammig & Co., Berlin (1930) Certificate No. 691

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References

  • The Strad, September, 1958, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737

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