1714 ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ Stradivari Violin to be Auctioned by Tarisio

(Photograph credit score: Tarisio)


As soon as the prized possession of Russian-American violinist Toscha Seidel, this historic violin will likely be provided on the market in June 2022 by means of Tarisio, one of many world’s main worldwide venues for high-quality devices.

Tarisio will likely be exhibiting the ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ Stradivari in London, Berlin, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and in New York Metropolis, the place it is going to be out there for personal viewing by means of early June, after which offered in an public sale on June 9, 2022. It has been greater than 15 years since a violin from the esteemed Golden Interval has been provided at public sale.

The 1714 ‘da Vinci, ex-Seidel’ Stradivari was acquired by Toscha Seidel in 1924 and was to stay in his possession until his loss of life in 1962. The acquisition made the headlines in The New York Occasions, the place Seidel stated: “…we exactly swimsuit one another, and I’m satisfied it is likely one of the best examples of the well-known violin maker.”

Seidel owned the violin for almost 40 years, recording a number of early Hollywood movie scores with it — together with The Wizard of Oz’s “Someplace Over the Rainbow,” Intermezzo, and Melody for Three — along with performing with most of the world’s main orchestras.

Toscha Seidel accompanied by Dame Myra Hess in c. 1920 (Photograph courtesy: Tarisio)

When Seidel handed away in 1962, the instrument was then offered to Muriel Rubin, a violinist from Toronto who studied on the Eastman College of Music. Greater than a decade later, Rubin put the violin up for public sale at Sotheby’s, and as her son remembers, “it broke her coronary heart to let it go.”

“Antonio Stradivari is the best violin maker of all time; it’s our large pleasure to current this instrument, whose beautiful voice nonetheless speaks to us by means of many classical recordings and movie scores carried out by the incomparable Toscha Seidel,” stated Carlos Tome, Tario’s Director. “We are able to solely think about the joys that this instrument has generated for numerous musicians and audiences over the centuries. We’re grateful to have the privilege of discovering the following proprietor for this distinctive instrument, and to proceed its residing legacy.”

One in every of Leopold Auer’s most illustrious college students subsequent to Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, and Nathan Milstein amongst others, Toscha Seidel’s violin taking part in was paramount in shaping Hollywood’s sound as we’ve come to adore it. Adam Bauer, himself a “grand-student” of Seidel, wrote in a 2017 article within the American Scholar, that the legacy of Seidel transcended far past his profession. “We largely affiliate love scenes or depictions of the much less lucky in movies — or any scene evoking tears or robust feelings — with the sound of the violin is essentially attributable to Seidel,” he stated.

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