Instrument

  • ID: 620
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1723c
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Jules Falk
 
Label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1723"
Back: One-piece of native maple; from the same log as the 1723 Emiliani
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of fainter medium curl
Front: of fine even grain
Varnish: Golden-orange
Body Length: 35.9 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.9 cm.
Center Bout: 11.4 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.9 cm.

Photos

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Iconography Index

"Italienische Streichinstrumente", Aloys Greither, Ars Musica, Heft 11 1973-1975: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

"The "Jules Falk" Stradivari", The Strad, August, 1960, 1960: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main, 1990: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 3, 1985, London, Sotheby's, London, 1985: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

The Violin Book, Bafalon, London, 1999: Color photos (front & back).

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 (Z182 - front, back & side).


Notes

"The violin is modelled on the PG form, also used for the 'Lady Blunt', 'Messiah' and Habaneck Strads, and the maple of the back appears on several other 1723 violins, including the 'Earl Spencer'."
"The "Jules Falk" Stradivari", The Strad, August, 1960, 1960.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Victoria Mullova   1985       
...         
Rolf Habisreutinger (St. Gallen)    1966     
...         
Frank Passa (San Fransisco)    1964  1985   
Charles Falk  1959       
Jules Falk   1907    1957  For members only 
Marcel Herwegh  1900    1907  For members only 
Gustave Bernardel (Paris)      1900   
Ami Rehfous (Geneva)  1890       
Gand & Bernardel, Freres (Paris)      1890   
Paul Vidal         
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris)         
Luigi Tarisio         
Count Cozio di Salabue  1775       
Paolo Stradivari  1743    1775   
Francesco Stradivari  1737    1743   
...         

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
Victoria Mullova   1985  2002   
...       
Jules Falk   1907    1957 
...       

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
Sotheby's, London  Apr-03-1985      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: Gustave Bernardel, Paris, October 5, 1900. Photocopy only. Dates the instrument as 1706.

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, November 10, 1937. States that the instrument is from 1722-25.

References

Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main, 1990.

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

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

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 3, 1985, London, Sotheby's, London, 1985.

The Violin Book, Bafalon, London, 1999.

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

"$9,000 for a Stradivarius", The New York Times, January 17, 1907.

"A 1683 Stradivari, "The Bucher"", The Strad, September, 1966, 1966.

"Italienische Streichinstrumente", Aloys Greither, Ars Musica, Heft 11 1973-1975.

"Observations", The Violin Times, March, 1907, 1907.

"Texas Heart", Dennis Rooney, The Strad, February, 1990, 1990.

"The "Jules Falk" Stradivari", The Strad, August, 1960, 1960.

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