Instrument

  • ID: 2275
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1697
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Molitor
 
Label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1697"; branded to the lower rib, "Curtis Phila".
Back: One-piece cut on the slab
Ribs: of medium curl
Scroll: of medium curl
Front: of narrow to medium grain
Varnish: Golden
Body Length: 35.5 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.1 cm.
Center Bout: 10.9 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.1 cm.

Photos

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Iconography Index

"Antonio Stradivari", Philip J. Kass, The Strad, December, 2010: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1989, London, Christie's: Color photos (front & back).

Tarisio's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 13-14, 2010, New York, 2010: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side - initialed by Emil Herrmann).

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive: Black-and-white photos (Z174 - front, back, side & scroll).


Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Anne Akiko Meyers   2010      For members only 
Albert Stern   1994    2010   
Elmar Oliveira   1989    1994   
Muriel Anderson (Londonderry)  1957       
E. R. Voigt      1957   
Robert A. Bower (Somerset)         
W.E. Hill & Sons  1936       
Curtis Institute in Philadelphia  1929    1936  For members only 
Charles Enel & Chardon (Paris)      1929   
Maucotel & Deschamps  1923       
J. Mazeran (Paris)  1917       
Caressa & Francais (Paris)      1917   
...         
Count Gabriel-Jean-Joseph Molitor  1804       
Madame Récamier      1804   
...         

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
Anne Akiko Meyers   2010     
Albert Stern   1994    2010 
Elmar Oliveira   1989    1994 
...       

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
Tarisio, New York  Oct-14-2010      For members only 
Christie's, London  Mar-31-1989      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

Certificate: Silvestre & Maucotel, Paris, November 28, 1923. Missing.

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, March 23, 1937

Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London, March 23, 1937

Certificate: E. R. Voigt & Son, London, February 7, 1957

Certificate: Charles Enel, Paris, August 20, 1929. Missing.

Certificate: Emil Herrmann, Berlin, New York, Easton. Photocopy only.

References

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

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1989, London, Christie's.

Tarisio's Fine Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 13-14, 2010, New York, 2010.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

"Antonio Stradivari", Philip J. Kass, The Strad, December, 2010.

"Chip off the old block", Shirley Apthorp, The Strad, August, 2004, 2004.

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