Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Lady Blunt Stradivarius Violin

Written by: Andy Fein, luthier at Fein Violins
and Angela Newgren 

Do you have an extra 12 million dollars to spare? How about using it to buy a Stradivarius violin!
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Lady Blunt Stradivarius

Photo by Tarisio Auctions
The Nippon Music Foundation is auctioning off their prestigious 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius. Made in 1721, this Strad is one of two Stradivarius violins in near perfect, original condition. (The other being the 'Messiah' of 1716)

The 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius

It bears its original neck, re-angled at the heel, and also has its original bass-bar and fingerboard. It has
 ornamented pegs and a tailpiece by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin tailpiece
Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin pegs

Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, a Parisian violin dealer and maker, is the first documented owner of this violin. The 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius was in near perfect condition at the time he worked on it. Vuillaume sold it to Lady Anne Blunt in 1864.

Grand-daughter of Lord Byron, Lady Anne Blunt, whom the instrument is named after, was a British aristocrat and talented violinist who studied under Leopold Jansa. Jansa recommended to Vuillaume that he sell this Stradivarius to Lady Blunt. Lady Blunt played on the violin for thirty years before selling it.

Lady Anne Blunt

This Stradivarius has been treasured by its previous 12 owners. Unlike the majority of existing Strads, it has been through very few wear-and-tear accidents. It is common for even the most careful musicians to still leave marks on their instrument. It is truly amazing this instrument has lived through 290 years and remains unflawed.
The 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius violin

Did I mention, by the way, that all proceeds are going to the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund?

The bidding ends on June 20, 2011.

We have two models of the 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius available at our shop:
A detailed hand crafted copy & a finely crafted model. Both models have the distinctive Vuillaume style pegs, tailpiece and fittings carved from Rosewood.
Our Patrizio Violin incorporates features of multiple Strads, including the 'Lady Blunt' and 'Messiah'. Both models have the distinctive Vuillaume style pegs, tailpiece and fittings carved from Rosewood.

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