Instrument

  • ID: 1540
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1718
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Firebird, Exupery
 
Label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1718"
Back: Two-piece of broad curl
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of medium curl
Front: of medium even grain
Varnish: Red-orange on a golden ground
Body Length: 35.5 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.7 cm.
Center Bout: 11 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.75 cm.

Photos

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Notes

"It is called 'The Firebird' because of its fire-red varnish and its fish-bone shaped grain, resembling a bird about to take off, and "ex-St Exupery" after a previous owner the author of 'The Little Prince'.
"Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts", Salvatore Accardo, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
Salvatore Accardo   1976  2000     
Max Möller & Son (Amsterdam)      1976   
...         
Antoine de Saint-Exupery         
...         

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
...       
Salvatore Accardo     2000   
...       

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

Certificates

Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam, May 31, 1978

Certificate: Etienne Vatelot, Paris, May 20, 1971

Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Bremen, Zurich, New York, Vienna, April 8, 2003. X-4240.

References

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

"Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts", Salvatore Accardo, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.

http://koger.sc.edu/orch.html

http://www.prierviolins.com/Fine-Instruments.aspx

Private Papers.