Instrument

  • ID: 545
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1734
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Ames
 
Stolen
Label: original
Back: One-piece, with the flames running vertically
Varnish: Rich red
Body Length: 35.8 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Center Bout: 11.3 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.9 cm.

Photos

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

Iconography Index

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

Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin, 1927: 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., Box 43: Black-and-white photos (front, back, side, scroll & f-hole - initialed by Emil Herrmann and dated November 26, 1941).

The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London, 1885: Black-and-white illustration (front - Plate 11).

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

Dated 1730.
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.
"For forty years, he owned the 'Ames' Strad, an exceptionally fine 1734 example of the master's art. The 'Ames' was stolen from the director's office at Longy in 1981 following a recital Totenberg played to honour the retiring Wolfe Wolfinsohn."
"Legacy of Experience", James Forrest, The Strad, July, 1987, 1987.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
Roman Totenberg   1941    1981   
...         
Wurlitzer Collection         
Leslie W. Brown (Utica)  1925      For members only 
Emil Herrmann  1924    1925   
Ernst Kessler (Berlin)      1916   
Hamma & Co. (Stuttgart)         
Baron von Donop (Detmold / Baden-Baden)  1905      For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons      1905   
Pickering Phipps  1893      For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons  1893    1893  For members only 
George Acland  1886    1893   
George Ames  1885       
George Hart  1885    1885   
C. G. Meier (London)  1879    1885  For members only 
Gand & Bernardel, Freres (Paris)  1879    1879   
Charles Hermann (Paris)  1870    1879   
Baron de Tremont (Paris)      1870   
...         

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
...       
Ramon Totenberg     1961   
...       
Irving Lashinsky    1937   
...       

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
Puttick & Simpson, London  Apr-19-1893      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: Ernst Kessler, Berlin, July 20, 1916

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, January 21, 1936

References

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961.

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

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

Puttick & Simpson Catalog of a Valuable Collection of Violins, Violas, Violoncellos & Bows, April 19, 1893, London, London, 1893.

Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin, 1927.

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 Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43.

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

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

The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London, 1885.

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

W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990).

"Legacy of Experience", James Forrest, The Strad, July, 1987, 1987.