Stradivari Violin, the "Ole Bull"

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy in 1687. This violin is named after its 19th century owner, Ole Bull (1810-1880), a celebrated violinist and seminal figure in Norwegian music. The violin is made of a one-piece table of spruce with even medium fine grain broadening toward the treble side, one-piece back of maple with a beautiful broad descending figure slanting from treble to bass side, ribs of similar maple, with a modern maple neck terminating in the original pegbox and scroll of similar maple, and a golden brown varnish.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1687
maker
Stradivari, Antonio
Place Made
Italia: Lombardia, Cremona
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
Measurements
overall: 23 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 60.0075 cm x 20.955 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
2000.0013.02
accession number
2000.0013
catalog number
2000.0013.02
Credit Line
Gift of Evelyn and Herbert R. Axelrod
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Data Source
National Museum of American History