Instrument

  • ID: 687
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1733
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Huberman, Kreisler
 
Label: original: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1733"
Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right
Ribs: of curl similar to back
Scroll: of medium curl
Front: of fine to medium grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks
Varnish: Red-brown
Body Length: 35.7 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Center Bout: 11.3 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.6 cm.
Wurlitzer Number: 2413

Photos

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Iconography Index

"Sotheby's May Sale", The Strad, May, 1979, 1979: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

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

Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993: Black-and-white photos (front, back, scroll, f-hole & C-bout). Order

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, London, 1979: Color photos (front & back).

The Jacques Fran├žais 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).

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive: Black-and-white photos (Z388 - front, back & side).


Notes

From the Hill lett of January 12: "It [the violin] was first seen by Mr. Alfred Hill in 1910 in the possession of Monsieur Gherault, an organist who lived in Rouen, who stated that he had inherited this violin from his uncle and that it had been owned by his family for nearly a century. He declined an offer made for the violin and kept it until his death in 1912, when the violin passed into the hands of his niece, Madame Demange, from whom Mr. Hill bought it in 1913.

Owing to this violin having a rather exceptional quality of tone it was offered to Kreisler, who readily purchase it. At this time the violin did not possess an original Stradivari head, but Mr. Hill acquired one a few years afterwards which he fitted to the instrument.

Enquiries made subsequently revealed that this violin had belonged to an amateur by the name of Uthoff in the early part of the last centruy.

Kreisler retained this violin until 1936, when he acquired another example by the same maker [the Lord Amherst of Hackney]. He had used this instrument when making his most famous records. It was sold shortly afterwards to Mr. Bronislaw Hubermann who retained this violin until his death.
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Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, London, 1979.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
Daniel Tschudi  1956      For members only 
...         
Pierre Cauvin         
Bronislaw Huberman   1937    1947  For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons  1936    1937   
Fritz Kreisler   1914    1936  For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons  1913    1914   
Madame Demange  1912    1913   
Monsieur Gherault (Rouen)    1910  1912   
...         
Uthoff         
...         

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
...       
Johanna Martzy   1956     
Bronslaw Huberman   1936    1947 
Fritz Kreisler   1908    1936 
...       

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  May-03-1979      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: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, February 19, 1937

Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, December 30, 1948

References

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

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

Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993. Order

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, London, 1979.

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

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

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

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

"Sotheby's May Sale", The Strad, May, 1979, 1979.

"The World of Fritz Kreisler", Leslie Sheppard, The Strad, August, 1979, 1979.

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