Instrument

  • ID: 66
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1716
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Colossus
 
Stolen
Label: "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1716"
Back: Two-piece of medium curl
Ribs: matching back
Scroll: of wood similar to back
Front: of even medium grain
Varnish: Red-brown over a golden ground
Body Length: 35.8 cm.
Lyon & Healy Number: 6252

Photos

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Iconography Index

"Ne Plus Ultra", John Dilworth, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987: Color photos (front & back).

Catalog of Rare Old Violins (Lyon & Healy, 1922), Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1922: Color illustrations (front & back).

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 29, 1987, London, Christie's, 1987: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

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

Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (1929), Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1929: Color illustrations (front & back).

The Jacques Fran├žais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Color photos (front & back).

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


Notes

"Luigi Alberto Bianchi had his companion of 11 years, his remarkable Stradivari Colossus violin, stolen in Rome, Italy on November 3, 1998 .

This unique violin is known as
"Colossus" because of its slightly bigger than normal size.

It was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy in 1716.

It previously belonged to Giovanni Battista Viotti, Baillot, and to Jacques Thibaud who sold it in 1920.

It was bought in 1987 in London at Christie's.
"
http://www.prestige.mc/monaco/bianchistrad.htm
"An unseemly name for a fine violin, whether bestowed for large tonal powers or its grand proportions!"
How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
Luigi Alberto Bianchi   1987    1998  For members only 
...         
Dr. Simon A Carfagno      1987   
...         
L. Ernest Walker, Jr. (Saint Louis, Missouri)  1929  1934    For members only 
Lyon & Healy      1929   
Lyon & Healy    1922     
Jacques Thibaud       1920   
...         
Pierre Baillot          
...         
Giovanni Battista Viotti          
...         

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
...       
Luigi Alberto Bianchi   1987    1998 
...       
Jacques Thibaud       1920 
...       
Pierre Marie Baillot        
...       
Giovanni Battista Viotti        
...       

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
Christie's, London  Apr-29-1987      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, September 18, 1901

Certificate: Caressa & Francais, Paris, February 22, 1905

Certificate: Emil Laurent, April 19, 1921

Certificate: Lyon & Healy, Chicago

References

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

Catalog of Rare Old Violins (Lyon & Healy, 1922), Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1922.

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 29, 1987, London, Christie's, 1987.

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

Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (1929), Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1929.

The Jacques Fran├žais 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.

"Ne Plus Ultra", John Dilworth, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.

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http://www.prestige.mc/monaco/bianchistrad.htm