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Ex-Victor Aitay Peter Guarneri Of Venice
(b Cremona, 1695; d Venice, 1762)
Venice, circa 1750-55
labelled Petrus Guarnerius Filius Joseph Cremonensis fecit Venetiis Anno 1746
length of back 13 15/16 in., 35.5cm.
and a violin bow
Beare Violins Ltd, dated October 2017
Emil Herrmann, New York, dated 15th March 1958
Rembert Wurlitzer, New York, dated 1st April 1958
The Herrmann and Wurlitzer certificates are made out to Victor Aitay (1921-2012). For 19 years between 1967 and 1986, Victor Aitay was concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. By the time of his death, at the age of 91, he had played with the orchestra for 50 seasons. Born in Budapest, Aitay studied under Léo Weiner and Imre Waldbauer at the Franz Liszt Royal Academy before serving as concertmaster of the Hungarian Royal Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra before the Second World War. Various prestigious appointments ensued before he settled at the CSO under Fritz Reiner. During his tenure as concertmaster, Aitay played a 1715 Stradivari violin which was owned by the orchestra. In addition to his Peter Guarneri, Aitay also owned violins by G.B. Guadagnini and J.B. Vuillaume.
The sale of this violin will help provide scholarships for disadvantaged college students.
‡ Tax Status: Import Reduced Rate. Read More
‡ £300,000-£500,000 (€330,000 - €550,000)
PRICE REALISED: £504,000
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