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1829 Cannone Copy

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A friend was kind enough to share some images of one of Nicolas Sawicki's early dG copies - made after Sawicki worked on il Cannone for Paganini. It is evidently thickly graduated, which I understand is pretty unusual for an early copy:

 

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There is a catalog from the Triennale from 2001 titled, "Originals, Models and Copies:The Cannone of Nicolo Paganini and musical still life:two cases compared". It catalogs and compares copies of the Cannone from the French, English and Italian schools. I think that you might like it.

 

Nice fiddle.

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4 minutes ago, Three13 said:

I find it incredible that nobody has written a full-length book about 19th century dG copies - it seems like something people would enjoy.

 

57 minutes ago, duane88 said:

There is a catalog from the Triennale from 2001 titled, "Originals, Models and Copies:The Cannone of Nicolo Paganini and musical still life:two cases compared". It catalogs and compares copies of the Cannone from the French, English and Italian schools. I think that you might like it.

 

Nice fiddle.

That is what you are getting!

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33 minutes ago, Melvin Goldsmith said:

You can take the back well over 5mm.. no problem. If I see a DG model violin with less than 6 I get disapointed

I know, and I agree. If you have to make it thinner, perhaps you chose the wrong piece of wood.

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22 minutes ago, Three13 said:

I find it incredible that nobody has written a full-length book about 19th century dG copies - it seems like something people would enjoy.

Would be really interesting. However, writing books is a hobby most people can't afford. 

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Thanks for posting the pictures. Interesting instrument. 

I wonder how they knew that the canon is thick in the back. Paganini was extremely nervous on any changes and I wonder if Sawicki or any violin maker in Vienna ever opened it. 

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10 minutes ago, Andreas Preuss said:

Thanks for posting the pictures. Interesting instrument. 

I wonder how they knew that the canon is thick in the back. Paganini was extremely nervous on any changes and I wonder if Sawicki or any violin maker in Vienna ever opened it. 

I believe that Sawicki did repair work on it - I recall reading that one of the corner blocks came loose at some point (although I think Craske fixed that).

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5 hours ago, Three13 said:

I believe that Sawicki did repair work on it - I recall reading that one of the corner blocks came loose at some point (although I think Craske fixed that).

:o

Can a corner block become loose?

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9 hours ago, Three13 said:

I believe that Sawicki did repair work on it - I recall reading that one of the corner blocks came loose at some point (although I think Craske fixed that).

There is a manuscript letter from Paganini himself, preserved at the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde dated 10 August 1828 in the Italian language pertaining to Sawicki’s repair to the “Cannon”, in which it is recorded that Sawicki replaced the fingerboard. No other repairwork is mentioned.

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2 hours ago, jacobsaunders said:

There is a manuscript letter from Paganini himself, preserved at the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde dated 10 August 1828 in the Italian language pertaining to Sawicki’s repair to the “Cannon”, in which it is recorded that Sawicki replaced the fingerboard. No other repairwork is mentioned.

On behalf of Jacob I transformed the Paganini letter into an MN compatible picture. What I can decipher with my poor understanding of the Italian language is that he referred to Sawicki as "Stradivari-alike genius" in regards of violins and all musical instruments and similar compliments, who examined the violin a whole day and changed the fingerboard in a very artistic way.;)

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1 hour ago, Blank face said:
1 hour ago, Blank face said:

 

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The Kunst Historische Museum gave the text of Paganini's letter as:

 

Io Sottoscrizzo Confesso che il Sig(nor) Sawicki, è un genio Straordinario per fabbricare I violini, nonchè per arangiare meravigliosamente tutti gl’istrumemti musicali; lo che ho veduti, e scrupolosamente esaminati tanto I Suoi, che quelli d’altri dallo Stesso accomodati, mi compiaccio di potere attestare chi il prelodato, è il primoartista del mondo; e più, gli affidai il mio violino al quale cambiò la Tastiera, che di quallunque altro artista non mi sarei fidato.

Nicolò Paganini

Vienna 10. Agosto 1828

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Reading the transscription my translation wasn't very precise in a literally way, but somehow right in a metaphorical.:rolleyes:

At least he changed the fingerboard only "what I wouldn't have entrusted any other artist to do".

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6 hours ago, Blank face said:

If Paganini sold the concert violin "eventually ...to Vuillume (sic) in Paris" it couldn't have been the Cannone.

I’ve read a couple versions of the story. Hebbert calls it the Cannone and doesn’t mention it being sold. I don’t think he’s ever misspelled Vuillaume, either. ;)

it it would be interesting if it was a different Del Gesu - maybe the Lutti Senn? Are there any others that Paganini owned?

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