The “Parera” Stradivari violin is a well-preserved example from Stradivari’s pre-1680 period, which shows a transition from his “Amatise” model to a flatter arched and more powerful design. The “Parera” was featured in numerous collections, including the Henry Hottinger collection, and has provenance tracing back to the mid-19th century.
Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne & Jan Röhrmann (editors), photos by Jan Röhrmann, instrument descriptions by Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010.
Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002.
How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999.
How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.
Puttick & Simpson Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 29, 1877, London, London, 1877.
Sotheby’s Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 6, 2000, Chicago, Sotheby’s, Chicago, 2000.
The Classic Bowed Stringed Instruments from the Smithsonian Institution, Gakken Co., Tokyo, 1986.
Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.