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  1. My guess is Tarisio has not gotten around to taking the photos yet. It is not unusual this early in the auction.
  2. There was a very nice "filius Andrea" in last November's Tarisio auction. It looked and sounded great. I can't seem to find the photos on Tarisio any more, but here is the Cozio entry
  3. Here is a certificate from Giuseppe Lucci dated 2nd October 1989 (Tarisio Feb 2013 Lot 47). Although also typed in English, I think it looks right. Judge for yourself.
  4. Why are so many of mariam94's items certified by Gartsman? Haven't we been here before?
  5. "... sound holes ... the distances between the holes are 1.5 inches; 2.813 inches; 5 inches... " They are the shortest distances between the upper eyes, mid stem, lower eyes, measured from the inner edges.
  6. Omobono wrote: Is the 1703 Strad the one known as the 'Rougemont' 'Hart'? No, I don't think so. The 'Rougemont' 'Hart' has one-piece back, while the Henry Ford Museum's 1703 has two-piece back.
  7. The auction record would be this 1871 "by" Nemessanyi sold at Sotheby's October 2000 auction (in Chicago I think):
  8. More violins from the Henry Ford collection: 2 Strads, del Gesu, Amati, Bergonzi, Gagliano, Landofi, and Gemunder/Guadagnini. I believe the Guadagnini copy by Gemunder has been discussed here before. It was Maud Powell's concert instrument. "Previously thought to have been made about 1775 by Johannes Baptista Guadagnini of Turin, this instrument has been identified as having been made by George Gemunder of Astoria, NY about 1860-1870. The instrument thought to be a well-made copy after Johannes Baptista Guadagnini of Turin, Italy. The presence of the characteristic yellow-pink varnish is typical of George Gemunder... This violin was used by Maud Powell from about 1907 until her death in 1920."
  9. BTW, Feng Ning is a wonderful violinist - don't miss a chance to see him in concert. Here is his facebook message: "Dear all, I finally got the violin back from the Frankfurt airport custom, thanks for all the support all of you provided!!! And my advice to those who will be traveling to Frankfurt soon -when its possible, obtain a carnet and declare at the red channel , this is the best way (as what I was told by the custom people in the airport, hopefully this can do no wrong.....). if not, show as many paper works as possible, (proofing where the violin belongs to, what you do in Germany , etc), and also declare. As long as one can proof that she/he is just bringing it in temporarily, and will take the same violin out again, it should be fine. All best luck, to all of us........ and wish something new and easier for us will come out soon...... — at Frankfurt Airport."
  10. Perhaps I'm not seeing (starting at 3:20) what you saw: I don't think the violin was ever within 12 inches of the principal cellist's stand. However, I have to say that the way she freely swung the violin around (and with such abandon) during the applause does look quite scary. What about the players who hang (and sometimes swing) their violins by a peg while walking on and off stage?
  11. The D'Espine in the Chi Mei collection can be viewed here: There are better photos in the Chi Mei archive, but they are difficult to get to.
  12. Stefano Scarampella? Perhaps a bit rough, but not poorly constructed.
  13. I have been going to auctions in the U.S. for many years, but have yet to come across a D'espine. FWIW, I compiled a list of auction price estimates for D'espines from the internet at the request of a friend who has one. The columns are year, auction house, auction year, price estimate. Multiply the estimates by your favorite appreciation and auction-retail factors. 18?? Sotheby's 1996 £12,000 - 16,000 18?? Phillip's 1993 £35,000 - 45,000 1823 Christie's 1991 £15,000 - 20,000 1823 Phillip's 1991 £8,000 - 12,000 1828 Christie's 1996 £50,000 - 70,000 1828 Sotheby's 1984 £15,000 - 20,000 1828 Sotheby's 1983 £12,000 - 15,000 1830 Sotheby's 1994 £30,000 - 40,000 1830 Sotheby's 1984 £14,000 - 18,000 1833 Sotheby's 1978 £7,000 - 10,000 1840 Sotheby's 1995 £40,000 - 50,000 1840 Phillip's 1998 £40,000 - 50,000 1840 Bongartz's 1984 DM 60,000 - 80,000 1850 Bongartz's 1981 DM 30,000 - 40,000
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