Carlo Antonio Lorenzo Bergonzi II, Cremona, 1796, the 'Driggs'


Violin: 46747

Labeled, "Carlo Bergonzi fecit / in Cremona anno 1796"

Back: Two-piece of Italian Oppio maple, with an original wing in the lower bout

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.45 cm

Middle bouts: 10.6 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 18 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

"It is easy to see how his instruments can travel under other colors, and indeed this one had at one time been certified and sold, nothwithstanding the label, as a Nicola."

Cremona After Stradivari: The Bergonzi and Storioni Families, Duane Rosengard, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 1, Flushing, NY

Provenance

until 1925 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
in 1936 Lillian Shattuck
until 1936 Emil Herrmann
from 1936 Louise Zimmer
- W. H. Driggs
- Sally Dodge
- Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan
in c. 2010 Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1999) X-1713.
  • Letter: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1993)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1936)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1936)

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

  • Correspondence with Dai-Ting Chung, consultant for the Chi Mei Foundation, July, 2008
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XII, No. 1, Duane Rosengard, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Late Cremonese Violin Makers, Dmitry Gindin, Editioni Novecento, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Legend of Italian Violins: Brescian and Cremonese Violin Makers 1550-1950, Wen-Lo Shi (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1977, London (illustrated)

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