Instrument

  • ID: 1503
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1722
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Joachim, Elman
 
Label: original, but date is faded: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1722"
Back: Two-piece of faint broad figure sloping downwards from the joint
Ribs: of medium figure
Scroll: of medium figure
Front: of medium width grain at the centers, broadening towards the edges
Body Length: 35.7 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.75 cm.
Center Bout: 11 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.85 cm.

Photos

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  • back
  • side
  • front

Iconography Index

"The ex-Joachim Elman Stradivari", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, March-April, 1954, 1954: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne & Jan Röhrmann (editors), photos by Jan Röhrmann, instrument descriptions by Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010: Color photos (front, back, side, scroll & detail of C-bout & f-hole). Order

Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1982, Köln, Bongartz's, Cologne, 1982: Color photos (front & back).

Feine Streichinstrumente und Bögen, Geigenauktionen Bongartz, Aachen, 1986: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 22, 1970, London, Sotheby's: Black-and-white photos (front & side).

Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 22, 1970, London, Sotheby's: Color photo (back).

The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, 1997: Color photos (front, back, side & scroll - all high-resolution)).

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).


Notes

Listed as an instrument of the year 1721 in Doring's book.
How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.
"[quoting Elman]: 'Of course, the instrument the artist uses is an important factor in making it possible for him to do his best. My violin? It is an authentic Strad -- dated 1722. I bought it of Willy Burmester in London. You see he did not care much for it. The German style of playing is not calculated to bring out the tone beauty, the quality of the old Italian fiddles. I think Burmester had forced the tone, and it took me some time to make it mellow and truly responsive again, but now. . ..' Mr. Elman beamed. It was evident he was satisfied with his instrument."
Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1919.
"[quoting Nachez:] 'My violin? I am a Stradivarius player, and possess two fine Strads, though I also have a beautiful Joseph Guarnerius. Ysaye, Thibaud and Caressa, when they lunched with me not long ago, were enthusiastic about them. My favorite Strad is a 1716 instrument—I have used it for twenty-five years. But I cannot use the wire strings that are now in such vogue here. I have to have Italian gut strings. The wire E cuts my fingers, and besides I notice a perceptible difference in sound quality.'"
Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1919.
Dated 1721.
Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
The Chi-Mei Culture Foundation   1991       
...         
Josef Suk (II)   1981    1991   
Rony Rogoff (New York)     1973     
Merryman  1970      For members only 
Sam Bloomfield  1953       
Mischa Elman   1907    1953   
Willy Burmester   1906    1907   
Emil Herrmann         
Professor Leonhard Wolff  1893    1906  For members only 
August Riechers (Berlin)      1893   
Jan W. L. van Oordt         
Dr. David Hausmann  1878    1893   
Joseph Joachim       1878  For members only 
Mr. van de Weghe (Lille)  1878      For members only 
David Laurie (Glasgow)  1877      For members only 
Soyer (Rouen)         
David Laurie (Glasgow)  1874      For members only 
Accursi        For members only 
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
...       
Josef Suk (II)        
...       
Mischa Elman     1937   
Mischa Elman   1907    1923 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Auctions

Auction Date Note Estimate Hammer Price
Bongartz's, Köln  Apr-05-1982       
Sotheby's, London  Oct-22-1970      For members only 

Including buyer's premium
Current record for maker and instrument type
Record at time of sale for maker and instrument type

Certificates

Letter: August Riecher, Berlin, Undated

Certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, October 20, 1962

Letter: Emil Herrmann, Berlin, New York, Easton, October 20, 1962

Letter: Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., New York, November 12, 1957

Letter: August Riecher, Berlin, March 15, 1893

Letter: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, December 10, 1948. Signed by J. C. Freeman

Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer, New York, December 10, 1941. Signed by J. C. Freeman

Letter: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, August 14, 1953. Signed by R. A. Olson

Certificate: Henry Werro, Berne, 1972

Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, 1943

References

Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne & Jan Röhrmann (editors), photos by Jan Röhrmann, instrument descriptions by Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010. Order

Bongartz's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1982, Köln, Bongartz's, Cologne, 1982.

Caressa & Francais Notebook (c1900 - 1936), part of the Jacques Francais Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

Feine Streichinstrumente und Bögen, Geigenauktionen Bongartz, Aachen, 1986.

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.

Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 22, 1970, London, Sotheby's.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994.

The Chi-Mei Collection of Fine Violins, Jen-wu Chen, Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, 1997.

The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977.

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.

Violin Mastery: Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers, Frederick H. Martens, Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, 1919.

"Star Gazing", World of Strings, Spring, 1958, 1958.

"The ex-Joachim Elman Stradivari", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, March-April, 1954, 1954.

Correspondence with Fuchi Hsu of the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, May, 2004.