Violin, "The Rougemont," by Antonio Stradivari, 1703

Summary

In the 1920s, Henry Ford purchased several exquisite Italian violins, including this 1703 Stradivari. From the 1680s until the 1730s, Antonio Stradivari was the leading stringed-instrument maker in Cremona, Italy--an important center of stringed instrument production. Henry Ford's 1703 Stradivari violin was made during Stradivari's "golden era." It is known as the "Rougemont" because it was thought to have been owned by a family of that name.

In the 1920s, Henry Ford purchased several exquisite Italian violins, including this 1703 Stradivari. From the 1680s until the 1730s, Antonio Stradivari was the leading stringed-instrument maker in Cremona, Italy--an important center of stringed instrument production. Henry Ford's 1703 Stradivari violin was made during Stradivari's "golden era." It is known as the "Rougemont" because it was thought to have been owned by a family of that name.

Artifact

Violin

Date Made

1703

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

33.250.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Maple (Wood)
Spruce (Wood)

Dimensions

Width: 6.563 in

Length: 14 in

Inscriptions

Paper label under left F hole: ANTONIUS STRADIVARIUS CREMONENIUS / FACIEBAT ANNO 1703

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