Antonio Stradivari (violin) Kiesewetter – 1723 ca.

This instrument is named after the German violinist Christoph Gottfried Kiesewetter (1777–1827), whose life was summed up by Ernest N. Doring as follows: ‘After a brilliant career as violinist and composer, he went to London at first meeting with a great success but intrigues of mediocre musicians finally brought him to a miserable state and he died in poverty.’ A more profound overview of the life of this ill-fated musician, as well as a description of his time, is provided in Cyril Ehrlich’s book ‘First Philharmonic: A History of The Royal Philharmonic Society’.

More information: Antonio Stradivari Set 1, Volume 4, Page 28