Violas and Violoncello

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    Viola by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, "Cassavetti" Article. Article. The "Cassavetti" arrived in England through David Laurie, who sold it to Alexander Cassavetti. In 1928, the agents of department store-magnate Rodman Wanamaker of Philadelphia bought it from George Hart to add to the extraordinary ensemble being assembled by Wanamaker to play orchestral concerts in his stores. After Wanamaker's untimely death in 1929, the entire collection passed to the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company...
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    Viola by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1690, "Tuscan-Medici" Article. Article. Originally part of an ensemble made for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando de Medici, this 1690 viola eventually was separated from its brethren and sold in 1803 to an Englishman in Florence. Over the next 100 years, the viola landed in France, returned to England, and eventually made its way to New York City through the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. In 1925...
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    Violoncello by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1699, "Castelbarco" Article. The known history of this magnificent cello begins with Count Cesare Castelbarco of Milan. Today the violoncello is united in a quartet of Stradivaris, as it was in Castelbarco's collection; one of its musical partners was the 1699 violin also in this display.