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 guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: Přemysl Otakar Špidlen

Date: 1961

Town: Prague

Country: Czech Republic

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

Inventory number: KIL-35

Provenance: made for the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań; obtained on 30 May 1962

Description: Stradivari’s model (Sancy – 1713): vaults, f-holes and scroll in Stradivari style; two-piece spruce belly, one-piece flame sycamore back; wonderful tonewood; thick spirit varnish in cherry shades; maintained by A. Karolkowski (1964) and E. Gosiewski (1967); placed equal first at the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań with the instrument of Vladimir Pilař (at the time it was the highest prize awarded in the history of Wieniawski competition as in 1957 when the contest was inaugurated First Prize was not awarded)

Inscriptions: printed label reading Přemysl Otakar Špidlen / Faciebat Pragae Anno 19(61)

Measurements: body length 357 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 108 mm, lower bout 208 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Violinists: Krzysztof Jakowicz (Third Prize at the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań)

Prizes: First prize at the 1962 International H. Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznań (equal with Vladimir Pilař, KIL-36)

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

Krzysztof Jakowicz, Maria Morawska, 1962; A. Szałowski, Suite, III. Tempo di Minuetto, Anthology © Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society of Poznań



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