Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1690, the 'Ralph'


Violin: 48507


Notes:

"The principal instrument in the sale was lot 50, described as a violin by Stradivari, dated 1690. It was an example of the long pattern, and it is to be regretted that such a beautiful instrument should have suffered so much injury from time and other causes. The violin was not only worn and cracked but worm-eaten. Still, the appearance showed at once the hand of the great maker; and as it formerly belonged to the late Francis Ralph, a professor of the violin at the Royal Academy of Music, its tone must be good."

Messrs. Puttick & Simpson Guaranteed Sale, E. Polonaski (editor), The Violin Times, London

Provenance

- Francis Ralph
until 1860 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1860 Charles Crespin
- Fletcher
until 1898 George Hart
in 1898 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
... ...
in 1956 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1956 Current owner

Known players

Francis Ralph

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1898)
  • Receipt: Hart & Son, London (1898)

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References

  • The Violin Times, E. Polonaski (editor), edited by E. Polanski, London, June 15, 1898
  • The Violin Times, July, 1898, edited by E. Polanski, London
  • Puttick & Simpson Catalogue of Old and Modern Violins, Violas and Violoncellos, February 23, 1956, London, Puttick & Simpson, Puttick & Simpson, London

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