DHV:
1244
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

I, Cremona

Maker:

Francesco

Stradivari

Date:

1730

Carlo Antonio e Giovanni e figlio Testore...

Body Shape:

Cello ?

Current Location:

USA, Vermillion, SD

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

National Music Museum

No. of Strings:

(4)

Catalog Number:

10845

Head:

Scroll

Previous Owner:

Karl Fruh (& estate after 1999), Austin, TX, -2005; Charles Beare & Robert Bein, 1983

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.7

String Length:

65.9

Rib Depth:

12.4

Upper Width:

32.5

Middle Width:

22.8

Bottom Width:

41.4

Information Source:

Museum to TGM, 9/06; Sotheby’s 4/7/83, lot 63; Sotheby’s 4/7/82, lot 277

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

NMM Newsletter 2006, pp. 1-2; Herzog 2004, pp. 191, 193; Herzog 2003, IT-35; Schmidt 1988, pp. 52, 54-56; Sotheby’s 4/7/83, lot 63; Sotheby’s 4/7/82, lot 277; [Doring, How Many Strads?, rev. ed. publ. by Bein & Fushki, Chicago 1999, p. 407; not seen]

On museum’s website (FB+S, head FB+SS, details of neck heel, C-bouts and F-holes [color]); NMM Newsletter 2006, pp. 1-2 (F+B [color]); Herzog 2004, p. 191 (F+B, from Sotheby’s 1982/83); Herzog 2002, p. 161 (front); Schmidt 1988, pp. 54-55 (F+B); Sotheby’s 4/7/83, lot 63 (F+B); Sotheby’s 4/7/82, lot 277 (F+B); [Doring, How Many Strads?, rev. ed. publ. by Bein & Fushki, Chicago 1999, p. 407; not seen]

Sotheby’s 1983/04/07, lot 63; Sotheby’s 1982/04/07, lot 277

Converted to a cello; original outline of viol body clearly visible (extra wood added to make cello shoulders and corners); back is still flat, but no longer folded. Cello neck has adjustment screw in heel. Schmidt 1988, p. 52, reproduces 1983 certificate of J & A Beare: “from the workshop of ... Antonio Stradivari ... largely the work of his son Francesco”; table and back both two-piece; ribs and scroll modern. Sotheby’s: last quarter of 17C; length of back 69.6 cm. Museum: back measurements 69.5, 32.0/23.1/41.7; upper bout maximum widths are both estimates of original outline as a viol. Schmidt, personal communication 5/2000: repair label (on underside of table): “Jos. Wagner, Jahre 1801”. (But website says “Converted into a Violoncello by Jos. Wagner, 1831.”)