• ID: 875
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1728
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Dragonetti, Milanollo
Back: Two-piece with the flames rising slightly from the joint
Varnish: Orange over a golden ground
Table: of fine grain

Photos

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  • front
  • back
  • scroll, f-hole & C-bout

Iconography Index

"Poster supplement", The Strad, June, 1998, 1998.: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

"Stradivari perfectly preserved", Roger Hargrave, The Strad, June, 1998, 1998.: Color photos (front, back, scroll, f-hole, corner & button).

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

Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds, October 25-31, 1993.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & scroll).

L'âge d'or du violon. De Gouden eeuw van de viool. Catalogue d'exposition (Hôtel de ville de Bruxelles, 1er au 5 mars 2000), Spa, Les Amis de la Musique, 2000.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & scroll).

Les deux Stradivarius de Domenico Dragonetti, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1991.: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

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.: Color photos (front, back & scroll).

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.: Black-and-white photos (D35 - front, back, scroll, f-hole & C-bout).

Notes

From Dragonetti's will: "I bequeath this violin, which was played by Paganini, to Teresa Milanollo."
Les deux Stradivarius de Domenico Dragonetti, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1991.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Dr. Pascal Nicod (Lausanne)     2004     
...         
Pierre Amoyal   1990       
Christian Ferras   1968    1990  For members only 
W.E. Hill & Sons      1968   
Ratnagar (Bombay)  1951       
W.E. Hill & Sons      1951   
Wottmann (London)  1906       
W.E. Hill & Sons  1904    1906   
Teresa Milanollo   1846    1904   
Domenico Dragonetti   1794    1846   
...         
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
Corey Cerovsek   2004     
...       
Pierre Amoyal   1990     
Christian Ferras   1967    1982 
Teresa Milanollo   1846    1857 
Nicolò Paganini        
...       
Giovanni Battista Viotti   1794     
...       

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

Certificates

Certificate: Etienne Vatelot, Paris, 1983

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.

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

Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds, October 25-31, 1993.

L'âge d'or du violon. De Gouden eeuw van de viool. Catalogue d'exposition (Hôtel de ville de Bruxelles, 1er au 5 mars 2000), Spa, Les Amis de la Musique, 2000.

Les deux Stradivarius de Domenico Dragonetti, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1991.

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.

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

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

"Poster supplement", The Strad, June, 1998, 1998.

"Stradivari perfectly preserved", Roger Hargrave, The Strad, June, 1998, 1998.

http://perso.club-internet.fr/jszulman/Christian_Ferras/milanollo.html

http://www.artsmg.com/cerovsek/cerovsek.htm

http://www.culturekiosque.com/klassik/intervie/corey_cerovsek.html

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Does anyone know of the continued provenance of this instrument after Pierre Amoyal?

http://www.jose-sanchez-penzo.net/stIn_M-O.html claims 3 owners including stops in Italy and Switzerland. The Goodkind citation of Parmentier is also not listed on the Cozio site.

In addition, how plausible is the Paganini provenance of this instrument?

The Arts Management Group cites Corey Cerovsek as its current user (http://www.artsmg.com/cerovsek/cerovsek.htm). A search on Cozio under Corey Cerovsek does not list his current use of this instrument.

How is provenance updated on this site?
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I have added Cerovsek as the current player of this instrument, but I don't know who the current owner is. I can't confirm that Parmentier once owned the instrument, but it's certainly possible. Unfortunately, Goodkind didn't give references for his information so it's difficult to double-check. The belief that Paganini once played the instrument comes from Dragonetti's will, but I don't know of any other documents (e.g., receipts) that would confirm this. We don't even know for sure that Dragonetti bought the instrument from Viotti. I imagine that whoever sold the instrument to Dragonetti told him that it had once been played by Paganini (note that Dragonetti says "played", not "owned," which could mean that Paganini did little more than play a scale on it) and that Dragonetti decided to pass this information along in his will to increase the value of the instrument.

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Ms. Teresa Milanollo, in 1857, has married on Mr. Theodore Parmentier, becoming, thus, Mrs. Teresa Milanollo-Parmentier. Mr. Goodkind was mistaken, defining Milanollo-Parmentier, as two persons.

It is really difficult to tell, belonged whether this violin Paganini. We have only indirect demonstrations of this fact. In posthumous, inventory Paganini's instruments there is no such violin. However this inventory has been made with mistakes in dates of instruments. Domenico Dragonetti was not only friend Paganini, but also the passionate collector of bow instruments. In his collection was more than 25 violins. The Strad 1728 he bequeathed Teresa Milanollo, as the violin earlier belonging, Paganini. Why we should not this trust? During too time we have other instruments which are included into list Paganini's instruments but never were them.
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Teresa Milanollo died before her husband General Parmentier, so the violin was for a short while the possession of General Parmentier. Teresa wanted to give the violin to the conservatoire in Milan. As she knew that Dragonetti wanted the instrument back in Italy and played by italian musicians. Before Teresa died Mr Hill tried to convice her that the violin should not go to a conservatoire to be played by advanced students... Before General Parmentier died Mr Hill visited him and bought the violin (20th march 1905) with a Tourte bow. The violin was soon sold to a scottish violin player at a much increased price...
It is supposed to have been owned by an english aristocrat who did lend it to Paganini while he was in England. It was lost gambling by Paganini while he was in England and ended in the possession of Dragonetti who paid some of his gambling debts.
The Stradivari was never Teresa's favourite instrument, her Bergonzi was
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