Instrument

  • ID: 496
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1714
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Joachim
 
Label: original, but the last digit has been tampered with
Back: Two-piece with medium curl extending upwards from the joint
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Body Length: 35.5 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.65 cm.
Center Bout: 10.95 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.6 cm.

Photos

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  • front, back & f-hole
  • scroll & side

Iconography Index

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

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, 1932: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

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, scroll & f-hole - 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, scroll & f-hole).


Notes

Hill's comments describe how the young Joachim longed for and finally acquired this instrument at a price which up to that time was the highest ever paid for a violin. Joachim used it in all his concerts for many years. At these musical feasts, the London "pops" in the '60s and earlier, it was an honored guest with Madame Schumann, Rubenstein and Chopin. It was the beautiful voice with which Joachim spoke during that rich period in the history of music when he and his friends Mendelssohn and Schumann, and later the young Brahms, were rediscovering the instrumental works of Bach, Beethoven and Schubert and making them household words in Europe.
The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, 1932.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Estate of Si-Hon Ma   2009  2010     
Si-Hon Ma   1967    2009  For members only 
Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.  1964    1967   
Hugh W. Long (Elizabeth, NJ)    1963  1964   
Kenneth Warren & Son    1960     
Ruggiero Ricci          
Paul Stassevitch    1945     
...         
John Hudson Bennett (New York)  1925    1932   
Nathan E. Posner (Beverly Hills, California)  1925    1925   
Alfred E. Stephens (Springfield, Massachusetts)    1925     
Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.         
...         
W.E. Hill & Sons  1913       
Baron Johann Knoop      1913   
Dietrich A. Meier (London)  1885       
Joseph Joachim   1849    1885  For members only 
Müller (Bremen)      1849   
...         

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
...       
Joseph Joachim   1849    1885 
...       

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
Anderson Galleries Inc., New York  Feb-05-1932      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: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, February 27, 1923. To Rudolph Wurlitzer Company.

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York

References

An Encyclopedia of the Violin (1925), Alberto Bachman, The Library Press Limited, London, 1925.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902.

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

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

Kenneth Warren & Son advertisement, January, 1960.

Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963.

The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, 1932.

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.