Unknown / Karol Mikołaj Sawicki?

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Unknown / Karol Mikołaj Sawicki?

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: unknown / Karol Mikołaj Sawicki?

Date: 2nd half of the 19th c.

Country: Germany [?]

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage's Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-52, identification no. MKiS XVc-52

Provenance: bought on 27 Oct. 1967 from Janina Fulbiszewska from Bukowno n. Olkusz, according to whom it was as made by Charles Nicolaus Sawicki; the violin had been in Ms Fulbiszewska’s possession since 1958

Description: A. Stradivari’s big model; one-piece spruce belly, two-piece flame maple back; high quality tonewood; high quality varnish in red-brown shades; for solo and chamber performance; probably a German [?] copy of Stradivari’s instrument; maintained by E. Gosiewski

Inscriptions: printed label reading: Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / [a cross with the monogram AS in a double circle is featured below] / (N. Sawitzky Wien) [Sawicki never signed himself “Sawitzki”]

Measurements: body length 362 mm, upper bout 172 mm, middle bout 115 mm, lower bout 211 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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