Antonio Stradivari 1725 VL Chaconne, Hammig
According to the tradition of codifying Stradivari’s production by ‘periods’, the year 1725 represents a time identified as just after the end of the Cremonese master’s so-called ‘Golden Period’. As described by Horace Petherick, the admiration for the quality of the master’s work is, at this point, surpassed by the amazement of seeing him still active at such an advanced age: ‘From 1725 to 1737 was a time forming a proportion of Stradivari’s career during which, if he arouses less enthusiasm among his admirers for the “work of hand”, he outbalances it by far in exciting our astonishment at the man himself. In the year 1725, he was eighty-one years of age’. The ‘Chaconne’ was manufactured in 1725, as recorded by its original label ‘Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis/Faciebat Anno 1725’, of which the last two digits are handwritten.
Antonio Stradivari Set 1, Volume 4, Page 80