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Admiral Kasyerinov 1699 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    USSR State Collection
    Oistrakh, David - Moscow
    ???

Remarks:

Altman, Dan:   David Oistrakh and Stradivari Violins[2]

 

Alard 1715 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Knoop, Johann Ludwig Baron
     •   Alard, Delphin, (until 1876)
    Laurie, David (1876)
    Brandt, R. E. - Exeter (1900)
    Bennet, Mrs. Richard
    ???
    Joachim, Joseph - Berlin
    ???
    Hill & Sons - London
    Dunbar, Morrison - Glasgow (1960's)
    Hill & Sons - London
    ???

Remarks:

The Alard was owned by Baron Knoop and played by Delphin Alard, Professor at the Paris Conservatoire.
Morrison Dunbar is an amateur violinist of Glasgow. He is a major patron and sits on the board of the Scottish National Orchestra.
Goddkind states also Adam, Vuillaume and Woodcock as owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74], p 59; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 732; Miller, Paul:  eMail to José Sánchez-Penzo dated January 23, 2004 (unpublished).[104]

 

Allegretti 1703 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Allegretti fam. - Naples (over 100 years)
    Hill & Sons - London (1896)
    Herrmann, Emil
    Warburg, Felix (1937)
    ???

Remarks:

Felix Warburg acquired this instrument for the the Musical Art Quartet.
Goodkind states also Aitay, Bernard, Baltimore Association, Fessler, Hamma, Lachmann, Loewenberg, Long, Meier, Tucher and Whitehead as past owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 42; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 729; Potter, Tully:  Success in high society - The Musical Art Quartet[126]

 

Alsager 1703 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Rousselot, Scipion
    Alsager, Massa
    Hill, William Ebsworth - London
    Notley
    Hill & Sons - London
    Wurlitzer collection
    ???
    Werro collection
    Hug, Theo
    ???

Remarks:

Rousselot was a cellist and friend of Louis Napoleon. Alsager was a lover of chamber music and part owner of The Times. He purchased this instrument for use of players of his musicals. Notley was a banker. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 40

 

Amatese 1664 Strad., A. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Goodkind: Amatisse Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Italian Countess - Milan
    Howe, Elias, dealer (1890)
    ???

Remarks:

This is supposed to be the earliest dated violin of A. Stradivari.

Goodkind states also Savage as past owner.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 19; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 725

 

Amatese 1668 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Paganini, Nicolo
    Paganini's son
    Vuillaume
    ???
    Desaints - Amiens
    ???
    Levers (collector)
    ???
    Russian violinist
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 19

 

Ames 1734 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Ames, Acland - Bristol 1
    ???
    Puttick & Simpson Hill & Sons - London (1893)
    ???
    Utica
    ???
    Wurlitzer- New York
    Totenberg, Roman 2
    Stolen
    ???

Remarks:

  1. Acland Ames was a banker.
  2. Totenberg played this instrument at a London Festival Hall concert on February 28, 1961. He performed the Tchaikovsky violin Concerto in D with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.

Goodkind states also Auer, Brown, von Donop, Gand, Geiser, Hamma, Hart, Herrmann, Meier, Phipps and de Tremont as past owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p. 85; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 737

 

Aranyi 1667 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Koolhaus, J.K.E. - Wimhagen/Arnheim
    ???
    Smit, Eric - Bilthoven, Holland (1920)
    Aranyi, Francis E. - Budapest (1924)
    Herrman, Emil (1929)
    Petersen, T. C. (1930)
    ???
    Chitolini, Roger
    Sturchie, Dr. Eugenio

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 19; Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  Antonio Stradivari - Der Meister des Geigenbaus[79] p 305

 

Archinto 1696 Strad., A. Va
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Gambara, Carlo Count of Brescia
    Archinto, Count Giuseppe - Milan (about 1800)
    Vuillaume (about 1860)
    Rutson, John
    Royal Academy of Music (1890)
    Mr. Watson-Forbes
    Gilbert, Max

Remarks:

Perhaps obtained Gambara's ancestors this instrument from Stradivari himself.

Count Giuseppe Archinto was an amateur viola player and pupil of Alessandro Rolla, who dedicated him some duets for violin and viola. Archinto bought also the Archinto cello dated 1689 and violins of 1721 and 1696 and assembled a Quartett of Stradivari instruments. He died about 1860.

The RAM came in posession of the Archinto viola due to the generous bequest of John Rutson, an amateur musician and later director of the Academy in 1890.

Mr. Watson-Forbes and Mr. Gilbert was loaned this instrument by the RAM.

Wallace, Helen:  The Singing Museum[188], Dilworth, John:  The pinnacle of achievment[39] and Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74], p 89.

 

Arditi 1689 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Duc de Litta - Milan (1846)
    Arditi
    ???
    ??? - England
    ???

Remarks:

Arditi was a well-known Milanese violinist. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 26

 

ex Arma Senkrah 1685 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Harkness, Anna-Loretta (early 19th cent.)
    ???
    Becker - Prague (1922)
    ???

Remarks:

'Senkrah' is the reversed name of the superb artist Harkness. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 24

 

Artot 1722 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???

Remarks:

-

 

Auer 1690 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Aarhessen, Mr.
    Auer, Leopold (1875)
    Gloubonoff, Victor De (1895)
    ???
    Bennett, Richard (1926)
    Hill & Sons - London
    Bowne-Smith, Harrison (1934)
    ???
    Stradivari Society - Chicago
     •   Jensen, Dylana 1
     •   Kavakos, Leonidas 1
     •   Lee, Eunice 1
     •   Gluzman, Vadim (1977) 1

Remarks:

  1. Used this instrument on loan of a patron of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

The Strad:  New fiddle for Gluzman[184]; Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 27; Bein & Fushi:  The Miracle Makers[11] p 14

 

Auer 1691 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Auer, Leopold
    Auer's widow
    Lyon & Healy - Chicago
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 27

 

Axelrod 1696 Strad., A. Va
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Axelrod, Herbert
    Smithsonian Institution's Museum (1986)

Remarks:

Axelrod has lent since 1986 this instrument as part of a set of ornamented instruments to the Smithsonian Museum. Ruhe, Pierre:  Preservation or incarceration?[147]

 

ex Aylesford 1696 Strad., A. C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Giardini
    Lord Aylesford
    Starker, Janos

Remarks:

-

   

Baillot-Pommerau 1694 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Baillot, Pierre
    Marquis de Pommerau
    Knoop, Johann Ludwig Baron
    Bennet, Richard
    Catteval, Arthur
    Campoli, Alfredo

Remarks:

This instrument of Stradivari's Brescian period (1690-1700) was offered in November 96 for sale.The Strad:  Brescian Strad for sale[182];

Marquis de Pommerau and his family owned this instrument until early in the 20th century. The Strad:  Brescian Strad for sale[182]

 

Balakovic, ex Becker 1732 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: M. Zlatko Balakovic, ex Becker Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Becker
    ???
    Balakovic, M. Zlatko
    ???

Remarks:

Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 84, 101

 

ex Barbirolli 1700 Goffriller C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Barbirolli
    Henkel, Christoph

Remarks:

-

 

ex Baron Knoop 1698 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Blanchard, Paul - Lyon
    Hill & Sons - London (about 1900)
    Knoop, Johann Ludwig Baron
    Bennet, Richard
    Bennet's widow
    Hill & Sons - London (1945)
    Bower, R. A.
    Werro, Henry
    ???
    Private owner - Switzerland
    ???

Remarks:

Doring, Ernest N.:   The Baron Knoop[41]

 

Baron Vita 1734 Guarn. d. G. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Negli
    Goldberg, Szymon

Remarks:

-

 

ex Baron von Feilitzsch 1734 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    William Levis & Son - Chicago
    Steindel, Albin
    Kremer, Gidon (1979)

Remarks:

-

 

Batta 1714 Strad., A. C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Thibout - Paris (until 1838)
    Place, M. (1838)
    Batta, Alexandre (1838 (1838 - 1893)
    ???
    Hill & Sons - London
    ???
    Knoop, Johann Ludwig Baron
    ???
    Holden, Ernest
    ???
    ??? - America (1925)
    ???
    Piatigorsky, Gregor
    ???

Remarks:

This instrument was presented to Batta by Place, which in turn purchased it from Thibout. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 25

 

Baudiot 1725 Strad., A. C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Baudiot
    Baudiot's widow (until 1850)
    ???
    Marquis de Pluvié
    ???
    Hill & Sons - London (1894)
    ???
    Piatigorsky, Gregor (1948)
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 97

 

Baumgartner 1689 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    University of Western Ontario
    US business person (1997)
    Canada Council for the Arts
     •   Judy Kang

Remarks:

This instrument has been loaned to the Canada Council for the Arts together with the Lyall Strad by the business person, which do not wish to be identifed, for a term of 2 years. Judy Kang winned the competition of the Canada Council for the loan of this instrument. Canada Council for the Arts:  Web Site:[24]

 

ex Bazzini 1715 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Bazzini, Antonio - Brescia
    Kiss, Mile
    Vito, Gioconda de
    ???

Remarks:

Maestro Antonio Bazzini was a celebrated violinist and composer. He retained it, as his favourite instrument, until his death.
Being in the possession of Mr. Kiss, this instrument was played for several years by Ms. de Vito. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74], p 61

 

Becker 1719 Strad., A. C
This instrument's names in literature:
Henley: ex Becker Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Marlborough, Duke of (1810)
    ???
    Becker, Hugo
    Lehr, Lorenz - Berne
    ???
    Saidenberg, Daniel
    Saidenberg's widow
    Julliard School
     •   Kosover, Mark

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 96; Zauberman, Norbert:  eMail to José Sánchez-Penzo dated October 15, 2001 (unpublished).[194]

 

ex Beckerath 1720 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???

Remarks:

-

 

Bennet 1692 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Hill & Sons - London (1915)
    Spagnoletti, Mr.
    Harrison, Richard
    Bennet, Richard
    Musikhaus Hug & Co., Zurich (1989)

Remarks:

Hill and Sons discovered this instrument in an English cottage.

 

Berlin Hochschule 1709 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Francais, E.
    ???
    Berlin Hochschule
     •   Hagner, Viviane

Remarks:

Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42] p 418; Eckardt, Emanuel:  Stradivari  - Viviane Hagner und ihre Partnerin[50]; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 737

 

ex Berou, ex Thibaud 1714 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Berou, (1908)
    ???
    Thibaud, Jacques
    ???
    Herrmann, Emil
    Rabushka, Joseph
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 57

 

Betts 1704 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Unknown individual 1
    Betts, Arthur - London (~1845) 2
    Bone, John - Devonport (1852) 3
    Lott, John 4
    Vuillaume, J. B. - Paris (1859) 4
    Willmotte, Charles - Antwerp (1861)
    Meier, C. G. - London (1873)
    ???
    Hart, George (1878)
     •   Hôtel Drouot Auction (1886) 5
    Camposelice, Duc de - Paris (1888)
    Hill & Sons - London
    Zweifel, Jacques - Stuttgart 6
    Hill & Sons - London
    Brandt, R. E.
    Hill & Sons - London
    Waddell, R. D. - Glasgow (1909)
    Freeman, Jay C. 7
    Wurlitzer - New York (1923 [7]) 7)
    Roberts, John T. - Hartford, Conn.
    Whittall, Gertrude Clarke 8
    The Library of Congress - Washington (1935)

Remarks:

  1. An unknown gentleman's servant is said to have offered this instrument to Arthur Betts, who acquired it for a very low price. There are several versions of the story stating prices of £ 1 1 s (Hill) and 20 shillings (Hart).
  2. Arthur Betts was a violin teacher, who took over the shop of his brother John Betts with his nephew Charles Vernon, who claimed a share of ownership in this instrument. The dispute resulted in the dissolution of the partnerhip.
  3. John Bone was a retired judge and amateur player.
  4. Vuillaume bought this instrument through John Lott's agency.
  5. The instrument was withdrawn and did not change the owner in the auction.
  6. Zweifel was a German amateur player..
  7. Freeman, acting on behalf of Wurlitzer, acquired from Waddell the `Betts` as well as the Leduc 1743 Guarneri del Gesú bringing both instruments into American ownership.
  8. Mrs. Whittall presented this instrument to the The Library of Congress.

Goodkind states also St. Senoch, Vernon (2) and Woodcock as former owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 43; Hargrave, Roger:  Amati Stradivari & Guarneri - The Libray of Congress Violins[69] p 18; Wilkins, H. Blakiston:  Another Aid to Music in the Library of Congress[190] p 3; Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42] p 123; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] pp 29, 730

 

Bingham 1690 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Duke of Tuscany ?
    ???

Remarks:

This instrument is supposed to have been made for the Duke of Tuscany. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 28

 

Blanco, ex Armigaud 1732 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: M. Blanco, ex Armigaud Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Armigaud
    ???
    Blanco, M.
    ???

Remarks:

Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 84, 101

 

Boissier 1713 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Boissier - Genoa
    Spanish Court of Charles III
    ???
    Negli
    ???
    Sarasate, Pablo de (1888)
    Museum of the Paris Conservatoire

Remarks:

Boissier and Negli were both violinists. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 55

 

ex Bonjour 1691 Strad., A. C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???

Remarks:

-

 

Booth 1716 Strad., A. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Henley: Otto Booth Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74]
Doring: Otto Booth Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42]
Goodkind: Booth, Cho-Ming Sin Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Vuillaume, J. B. - Paris
    Booth family (1856) 1
    Booth, Otto
    Hart, George (1889)
    Havemeyer, Henry O.
    Wurlitzer (1927)
    Mischakoff, Mischa (1931)
    ???
    Kagan, Robert - Chicago (1961) 2
    ???
    Brown, Iona
    ???
    Nippon Music Foundation - Japan (1999)
     •   Fischer, Julia - Munich (2000) 3

Remarks:

  1. The Booth were an English family of musicians. This instrument was purchased by Otto Booth's mother in order to be played by her children.
  2. Well known instrument dealer.
  3. Julia Fischer plays this instrument on loan of the Nippon Music Foundation.

Goodkind states also Hottinger, Moennig and Rubinoff as former owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 63; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 733; Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42] p 207; Nippon Music Foundation:  Loaning/Recipients of Stringed Instruments[113]; Collegium USA:   Iona Brown[30]

 

Braga 1731 Strad., A. C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Braga, John V. (1951)
    ???
    Chung, Myung-Wha

Remarks:

-

 

Brancaccio 1725 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Prince Brancaccio - Naples
    Family Brancaccio - Naples (until 1896)
    ???
    Hamma - Stuttgart
    Vormbaum - Geneva
    Gand and Bernadel - Paris
    Hammig - Berlin
    Flesch, Carl (1907-1931)
    Mendelssohn, Franz von (1931)

Remarks:

This instrument was repaired by Gagliano 1790. It remained in the noble family Brancaccio until 1896. Flesch passed the Brancaccio to his friend and private banker Mendelssohn as a payment to cover his debts arised as a consequence of the crisis of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929. Being in Mendelssohn's possession the Brancaccio was destroyed in Berlin during a bomb-raid in WW II.
Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p. 75; Paris, Alain:  Lexikon der Interpreten klassischer Musik im 20. Jahrhundert[119] p 253; Flesch, Carl:  Erinnerungen eines Geigers[55]

 

Brookings 1654 Amati, Nicolá V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Somers Brookings, Robert - Wahsington
    Brookings' widow
    The Library of Congress - Wahsington (1938)

Remarks:

Brooking was a prominent economist and amateur violin player. He bought this instrument in Europa on the advice of Joseph Joachim. Hargrave, Roger:  Amati Stradivari & Guarneri - The Libray of Congress Violins[69] p 4

 

Brown, ex Heath 1729 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: Mr. T. D. Brown, ex Heath Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Heath
    ???
    Brown, Mr. T. D.
    ???

Remarks:

This instrument is stated by Hill as being of the period 1726 - 30. Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 78

 

ex Brustlein 1707 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Mrs. Rudolph Loeb, Berlin ?
    Herrmann, Emil
    Mrs. Rudolph Loeb, Berlin ?
    ??? (1920s)
    Harvard College, Massachusetts
    Austrian National Bank
     •   Schmid, Benjamin - Vienna (1990)

Remarks:

The ex Brustlein was named after an amateur Berlin musician. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 46 and The Strad 1991[170] p 475; RB Artists:    Benjamin Schmid[133]

 

Bucher 1683 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Rasch, Johann - Netherland (1920)
    ???
    Bucher, Emil - Berlin
    Sprenger, Arnold - St. Gallen
    Habisreutinger - Flawil, Swiss
    ???

Remarks:

Isola Bella:  Mostra di Antonio Stradivari[84]

 

ex Bückeburg 1773 Guadagnini, J. B. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Maggini-Foundation

Remarks:

Maggini-Foundation:  Ad of the Maggini-Foundation[99]

   

Cabriac 1696 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Français, Emile
    ???
    Bonjour, Dr. - Geneva
    ???
    Cabriac, Count de
    ???
    Habisreutinger, Rolf - St. Gallen)
    ???

Remarks:

Sotheby's:  Catalog Nov.  12, 1986.[160] Lot No. 197; Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 31; Isola Bella:  Mostra di Antonio Stradivari[84]

 

Cannone 1742 Guarn. d. G. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Paganini, Nicolo
    ???
    Oistrakh, David - Moscow
    ???
    Accardo, Salvatore
    ???

Remarks:

This instrument is one of the few - perhaps only two - non Strads which were played by Oistrakh. Altman, Dan:   An Exception: The Paganini Guarneri[1].
Accardo played on this instrument for a recording of the label Dynamic. Dynamic CDS:  Booklet of the CD Dynamic CDS 137[47]

 

ex Captain Saville 1667 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    -

Remarks:

-

 

ex Carrodus 1742 Guarn. d. G. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Mackenzie (~1800)
    Cramer, François - London (1846)
    Hill & Sons - London
    Carrodus, J. T.
    Mackenzie, Sir Alexander
    Murray, H. S. - Galashiels
    Fellowes, Horace - Glasgow
    Wurlitzer, Rembert (1947)
    Adler, Max and Sophie (1950)
    Paul, C. Michael
    ???
    Austrian National Bank
     •   Rachlin, Julian

Remarks:

Rachlin plays this instrument on loan of the Austrian National Bank.
Sotheby's:  Catalog May  19, 1986.[159] lot 21

 

Cassavetti 1727 Strad., A. Va
This instrument's names in literature:
Goodkind: Cassavatti Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Durand, M - Paris
    Moulaz, M.
    Laurie, David 1
    Cassavetti, Alexander - England
    ???
    Hill & Sons - London (1885)
    Oldham, Charles
    Hill & Sons - London (1885)
    Knoop, Johann Ludwig Baron 1
    ???
    Hill & Sons - London (1885)
    Brandt, R. E.
    ???
    Amateur player - Derbyshire (1906)
    Hart, George - London
    Wanamaker, Mr. - Philadelphia (1928)
    Wurlitzer - New York
    Roberts, J. T. - Hartford
    Whittall, Gertrude Clarke 2
    The Library of Congress - Washington (1937)

Remarks:

  1. Famous collector of musical instruments.
  2. Mrs. Whittall presented this instrument to the The Library of Congress.
Wilkins, H. Blakiston:  Another Aid to Music in the Library of Congress[190] p 5; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 723
 

ex Castelbarco 1685 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Castelbarco, Count Cesare - Milan 1 - Milan
    Puttick & Simpson - London (1862)
    ???

Remarks:

  1. Famous collector of musical instruments.
This instrument was sold by auction in London 1862. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 23
 

Castelbarco 1699 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Castelbarco, Count Cesare - Milan 1
    Puttick & Simpson - London (1862)
    Vuillaume - Paris (1862)
    Tesse, Dr. - Douai
    Vuillaume - Paris (1862)
    Laurie, David
    Hill & Sons - London
    Mountford, John (1875) 2
    Hill & Sons - London
    Renton, Mrs. - Guildford
    Posner, Nathan E. - Brooklin
    Whittall, Gertrude Clarke 3
    The Library of Congress - Washington

Remarks:

  1. Famous collector of musical instruments.
  2. Owner of the Bulls Eye Tavern at Acton, England.
  3. Mrs. Whittall presented this instrument to the The Library of Congress.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 33; Hargrave, Roger:  Amati Stradivari & Guarneri - The Libray of Congress Violins[69] p 9;Wilkins, H. Blakiston:  Another Aid to Music in the Library of Congress[190] p 4; Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42] p 99; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 728

 

Castelbarco 1697 Strad., A. C
This instrument's names in literature:
Goodkind: Castelbarco #1 Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Castelbarco, Count Cesare - Milan 1
    Puttick & Simpson - London (1862)
    Vuillaume - Paris (1862)
    Fabbri, Egidio - Rome 2
    Piccolellis, Marchese de 2
    Hill & Sons - London
    Whittall, Gertrude Clarke 3
    The Library of Congress - Washington (1937)

Remarks:

  1. Famous collector of musical instruments.
  2. The Marchese de Piccolellis was Fabbri's son-in-law.
  3. Mrs. Whittall presented this instrument to the The Library of Congress.

Goodkind states also Wurlitzer as a former owner.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 93; Wilkins, H. Blakiston:  Another Aid to Music in the Library of Congress[190] p 5; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 30, 724

 

Cathédrale 1707 Strad., A. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Doring: La Cathédrale Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Officer of Napoleon's army
    Cartier, Jean Baptiste (until 1831) 1
    David, Pierre (1831)
    Lemoine, Mr. - Paris (1872)
    ???
    Casadesus, Marius (1955 (1955 - 1984)
    Sotheby's - London (1984)
    Kennedy, Nigel - London (1986)
    Mandel, Peter 2
    Kawakubo, Tamaki 3

Remarks:

  1. It was Cartier, who named the instrument Cathédrale.
  2. Patron of the Stradivari Society.
  3. Plays the instrument on loan of the Stradivari Society, Chicago.
      Stradivari Society:  The Stradivari Society[165]; Sotheby's:  Catalog Nov. 22, 1984.[156] Lot No. 21; Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42]
 

Cessole 1715 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Cessole, Count - Flerence
    Vuillaume, N. F., Brussels
    Croall, William, Edinburgh (1871)
    Gade, Felix, Edinburgh (1906)
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 61

 

Chapmann, ex Bennett 1729 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: Miss Chapmann, ex Bennett Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Bennett
    ???
    Chapmann, Miss
    ???

Remarks:

Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 78

 

Charles IX 1566 Amati, Andrea V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Hottinger, Henry
    Wurlitzer
    Cremonese Provincial Board
    City of Cremona

Remarks:

This instrument is part of a set of instruments made for the court of Charles IX of French. Only 4 of these instrument are actually existent. It shows part of the coat of arms of Charles X1 and his mother Catherine de Medici as well as part of their motto: 'Pietate et Justitia'.
The Cremonese Provincial Board of Tourism purchased this instrument from the Wurlitzer Company, New York, and donated it to the City on 25 February 1966. Potter, Tully:  The Violins of Cremona[128]

 

Charles Reade 1733 Guarn. d. G. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Rostal, Max

Remarks:

-

 

Cipriani Potter 1683 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Remarks:

This is the 3rd recorded example of ornamented Strads. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 22

 

Cobbett, ex Downs 1726 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: Mr. W. W. Cobbett, ex Downs Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Downs
    ???
    Cobbett, W. W. - London
    ???

Remarks:

This instrument is stated by Hill as being of the period 1726 - 30. Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 78

 

Cobbett, ex Holloway 1683 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Cobbett, W. W. - London (1914)
    Herrman, Emil
    Teschner-Tass, Helen (1928)
    ???

Remarks:

Ms. Teschner-Tass was the leader of a quartet. Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 22

 

Colbertson, ex Carolina Ferni 1732 Guarn. d. G. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Hill: Mr. Sascha Colbertson, ex Carolina Ferni Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Ferni, Carolina
    ???
    Colbertson, Sascha
    ???

Remarks:

Hill, W. Henry/Hill, Arthur F./Hill, Alfred E.:  The Violin-Makers of the Guarneri Family[78] p 84, 101

 

Comte D`Armaille 1737 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    D`Aramaille family - France 1
    ???
    Brun - Paris 2
    ???
    Caressa, Albert - Paris
    ???
    Wurlitzer - New York (1925)
    Sturchio, Dr. Eugenio
    Wurlitzer - New York
    ???
    Sedanos, Carlos - Spain 3
    ???
    Harth, Sidney

Remarks:

  1. Noble French family.
  2. Violinist at the opera in Paris.
  3. Spanish violinist.
Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 87; Doring, Ernest N.:   How Many Strads? - Our Heritage from the Master[42] p 341
 

Constable 1731 Bergonzi, Carlo V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Constable, Clifford, Sir
    ???
    Ricci, Ruggiero
    ???

Remarks:

Played by Ruggiero Ricci in the recording 'The Glory of Cremona'. + Wurlitzer, Rembert:  The Glory of Cremona[192]

 

Conte Doria 1736 Strad., Omobono V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Armingaud, Jules
    Vuillaume, Jean-Baptiste
    Count Doria (1870)
    ???

Remarks:

The Conte Doria came under the hammer on 15 November 95 at London's Christie's. The Strad 1995[171] p 1107.

 

Conte di Fontana 1702 Strad., A. V
This instrument's names in literature:
Goodkind: Peterlongo;Hawley Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61]
Henley: ex Hawley Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74]
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Durand, J. N. - England
    Dodd (1880)
    Reeve, Cotton
    Hill, William E. - London
    Mongredien, Mr. (1866)
    ???
    Hill - London
    ???
    Hawley, R. D. - Hartford, Conn.
    ???
    Oistrakh, David - Moscow
    ???
    Brengola, Riccardo
    Sirbu, Mariana
    ???

Remarks:

Goodkind states also Bisiach, Ferrari, Foltzer and Vatelot as past owners.

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 39; Altman, Dan:   David Oistrakh and Stradivari Violins[2]; Goodkind, Herbert K.:  Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari[61] p 729

 

Countess Polignac 1699 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Countess of Polignac
    ???
    B. Franklin's mistress
    ???
    Shaham, Gil

Remarks:

The Countess of Polignag was an arts patron at the court of Louis XIV. A mistress of Benjamin Franklin, at the time he was US ambassador to France, is said to have owned this instrument. The Strad 1996[172] p 119

 

Cremonese ex Joachim 1715 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Gras, Darius (1870s)
    Garcin, Jules (1877)
    Laurie, David (1880)
    Labitte, M. - Reims
    Comittee of Joachim's Admirers (1889)
    Joachim, Joseph
    Joachim, Harold
    Brandt, Robert
    Hill & Sons - London
    City of Cremona (1961)

Remarks:

This instrument was purchased by the Cremonese Provincial Board of Tourism from Hill & Sons. Potter, Tully:  The Violins of Cremona[128]
It has been rebuilded (copied) by Michael Köberling, an instrument maker from Bavaria, Germany. Köberling, Michael:   Fine Instruments[89]

 

Cristiani 1700 Strad., A. V
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    ???
    Cristiani, Lise B.
    ???

Remarks:

Henley, William:  Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Instruments[74] p 37

 

Cristofori XXVII/XXVIII ° 1716 Cristofori, Bartolomeo C
Owners/players/dealers in chronological order:

    Montepulciano, Venturi di
    ???
    Colonnesi, Elisabetta - Cortona (~1889)
    ???
    Unknown family - Dorset
    Intermediary person Hill & Sons - London (~1897)
    Hopton, Colonel
    Col. Hopton's family
    Hill & Sons - London
    Thomas, David Ffrangcon - London (1937)
    Mr. Thomas' family - London
    Beare, J. & A. - London (~1962)
    ???
    Beare, J. & A. - London (1987)
    Amateur cellist - Basel (1987) 1

Remarks:

  • This instrument is nameless. Cristofori XXVII/XXVIII is a label to distiguish it from the other instruments in this site, being XXVII/XXVIII the inventori numbers related to it in the List of instruments constructed by Cristofori published in Montanari, Giuliana:  Bartolomeo Cristofori[106].
  1. This 1716 cello, now owned by an amateur cellist in Basel, is a beautiful instrument, a bit larger than today's standard size, and has still the original hand-written label 'Bartolomeo Cristofori in Firenze 1716'. Certificates and letters by Hill & Sons and Charles Beare confirm its authenticity. The actual owner points out that it has a beautiful sound. Being a bit larger than usual it has not only a strong bass but also light and powerful high tones.
As far as known Cristofori made as a luthier only three celli and one doublebass. His main dedication, keyboard instruments, led him to improve the harpsichord replacing the jacks and quills by hammer stops resulting in the arpicimbalo che fa il piano e il forte (harpsichord with piano and forte) - as stated in an inventory of musical instruments belonging to the prince Ferdinand of Tuscany from 1700 - thus the pianoforte, for whose invention he acquired most fame.
Born in Padua in 1655 he is said to have been a pupil of Nicoló Amati about 1680. Later on he went to Florence, where he worked under the patronage of Ferdinand De Medici.

Pontecchi, Egisto Napoleone:  Il violoncello e la sua storia[122]; Hill & Sons:  Certificate on the 1716 Cristofori cello[76]; Hill & Sons:  Letter to David Frangcon Thomas on the 1716 Cristofori cello[77]; Beare, Charles:  Letter on the 1716 Cristofori cello to the actual owner[8]; Dilworth, John:  Two-Part Invention[40]

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