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Stradivarius 1722 Violin


  • “Jupiter”
  • “Jupiter”


The back is in two pieces of wood, marked by a small, almost horizontal, handsome curl, and there are sap marks in all four bouts. The sides are marked by similar curl, as is the head. The table is marked by fine grain, opening towards the flanks. The varnish is a warm reddish-orange in color. The violin is in superb condition.


It is said that the great English collector Mr. James Goding named the violin the “Jupiter” around 1800. It was referred to as “De Chaponay”, “Imperator”, “Ex-Goding” during the 18th to 19th century. Once owned by Mr. G. W. Mackenzie, this violin was purchased by the French collector, Vicomte de Janzé from Mr. Goding through Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875) of Paris in 1857. In 1886, it passed into the hands of Duke of Camposelice through the luthier George Withers. After the death of Duke of Camposelice in 1887, the violin was acquired from the Duchess de Camposelice by Mr. T. W. Barnes of New York. Working through the intermediary H. C. Silvestre of Paris, W. E. Hills purchased the violin in 1898, and in the same year, the British collector R.E. Brandt acquired the violin from the Hills. In 1905, Mrs. Phipps, an amateur cellist from New York, purchased the violin from the Hills as a gift for her husband John S. Phipps. The violin remained with the Phipps family for many years. In 1971, amateur violinist and collector Dr. Ephraim Engleman (1911-2015) of San Mateo, California purchased the violin through Rembert Wurlitzer Inc. of New York. In 1992, the Hayashibara Foundation based in Japan purchased the violin through a German luthier Machold. In May 1998, Nippon Music Foundation acquired “Jupiter” from the Hayashibara Foundation through a luthier.


Stradivarius 1722 Violin “Jupiter”

January 31, 1992 Geigenbau Machold
May 4, 1971 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., to Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman


Stradivarius 1722 Violin “Jupiter”

March 11, 1998 Andrew Hill, Report to Nippon Music Foundation
February 8, 1898 Victor S. Flechter, Letter to Mr. H. C. Sylvestre

“How Many Strads?” by Doring (P243, P247, P248)
“Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari: 1644-1737” by H. K. Goodkind (P551)
“Antonio Stradivari; His Life & Work (1644-1737) “(P69, P70, P273)

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