Přemysl Otakar Špidlen

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

Přemysl Otakar Špidlen

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: Přemysl Otakar Špidlen

Date: 1966

Town: Prague

Country: Czech Republic

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

Inventory number: KIL-57, identification no. MKiS XV-c-57

Provenance: included in the Ministry of Culture’s Violin Collection in 1967 after it was awarded at the 1967 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań

Description: A. Stradivari model; one-piece spruce belly, one-piece sycamore back; varnish in brown shades with an orange tinge

Inscriptions: printed label reading (Op. 150) Přemysl Otakar Špidlen / Faciebat Pragae Anno 19(66) [round stamp with the initials ]; stamp burned on the inside of the back reading ŠPIDLEN

Measurements: body length 356 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 110 mm, lower bout 209 mm, total length 600 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore, ebony

Prizes: second prize (first prize was not awarded) at the at the 1967 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań (equal with Antonio Capela, KIL-58 and Renato Scrollavezza, KIL-59)

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

KIL-57, G.P. Telemann, Fantasia in G major, TWV 40:15, Allegro, rec. Katarzyna Denkiewicz



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