Instrument

  • ID: 722
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1664
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Amatese
 
Label: "Antonius Stradivarius fecit Cremonae A. D. 1664"
Back: Two-piece of medium curl ascending from the joint
Ribs: of wood similar to back
Scroll: of wood similar to back
Varnish: Reddish-Brown, rather dark
Body Length: 35.3 cm.
Upper Bout: 16.8 cm.
Lower Bout: 20.6 cm.

Photos

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Iconography Index

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, February 3, 1982, New York, Christie's, 1982: Black-and-white photo (back).


Notes

Listed as "An Interesting Italian Violin" by Christie's in 1982. Though listed in many reference books as one of Stradivari's earliest instruments, the modern consensus is that it is not by Stradivari.
Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, February 3, 1982, New York, Christie's, 1982.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
...         
Gerald E. Savage  1928       
...         
Elias Howe  1890       
Italian Countess      1890   
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Auctions

Auction Date Note Estimate Hammer Price
Christie's, New York  Feb-03-1982  attributed to  $10,000 - $15,000   

Including buyer's premium
Current record for maker and instrument type
Record at time of sale for maker and instrument type

Certificates

Certificate: Walter Salon Goss

References

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

Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, February 3, 1982, New York, Christie's, 1982.

"How Many Strads?", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, Summer, 1941, 1941.