French school

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

French school

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

Date: ca. first half of the 19th c.

Country: France [?]

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

Inventory number: KIL-115, identification no. 115

Provenance: bought in Dec. 1985 from Irena Kalinowska from Warsaw, who claimed it had been made by an unknown French luthier

Description: in the old Italian school style; two-piece spruce belly, two-piece flame maple back; varnish in red-brown shades on golden primer; for chamber music; restored by W. Kamiński in 1988

Inscriptions: smudged, hardly legible printed label reading: Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 17(00) / [on the right, a cross and the monogram AS in a circle]

Measurements: body length 355 mm, upper bout 161 mm, lower bout 205 mm, total length 594 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

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

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