Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1694, the 'Bonvalot, Lady Margaret'


Violin: 52572

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Top: Fine grain

Scroll: By Stradivari but from another period.

Ribs: Wide curl

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 36.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.85 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

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Notes:

"The scroll is listed as being "not original and possibly by G. Rocca." This information was taken from a 1929 W.E. Hill & Sons certificate stating the scroll to be the work of Rocca. However, the dealer and restorer Hans Weisshaar subsequently changed the scroll in the 1950s to a later period (golden-period) Antonio Stradivari scroll that matched the instrument. "

Correspondence with Cozio member


"The former name of the violin originated from the violinist Cecil Bonvalot, who played in the Pennington String Quartet in the first half of the 20th century... The celebrated violinist Morris Perelmuter King (1909–1993) renamed the instrument 'Lady Margaret' after Margaret Storm, who purchased it for him as a gift in 1950." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne

Provenance

until 1882 George Withers & Sons
from 1882 Captain Sampson
1885 - 1888 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1888 Lady Alington
until 1899 Miss Sturt
from 1899 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Dr W.C. Sellé
in 1902 J. Cowan
in 1907 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
until 1928 W. E. Hill & Sons
1928 - 1948 Alfred Cecil Bonvalot
1948 - 1950 David Frisina
in 1950 Margaret Storm
from 1950 Morris Perelmutter King
in 2010 Anonymous
from c. 2010 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1960) To Morris King.
  • Certificate: Hans Weisshaar, Hollywood, CA (1950)
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann, Berlin (1948)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929) States that the scroll was not original, progably by G. Rocca.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann

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

  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Cozio member, December, 2006
  • Tarisio Fine Musical Instruments Online Auction Catalog, March 13, 2009, London, Tarisio, Tarisio, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)

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