The student was well known for his raw talent, his eccentricity (he wore gloves year-round to protect his hands), and his wild, untamed style.
Before you go however, there are a few simple things you can check for yourself: 1.
Stradivari only used two types of labels for instruments made after 1700.
Totenberg’s family had fled Poland at the beginning of World War I to avoid the fighting, but they could not avoid the famine that accompanied the Russian Revolution.
As luck would have it, one of their neighbors was a concertmaster at the Bolshoi Opera and offered to give young Totenberg violin lessons.
C., eventually transforming into one of the cultural elite he once performed for.
In 1938, on the eve of World War II, he immigrated to the United States after politically connected American friends in the arts community offered to sponsor him.To indicate the model or shape of instrument that was used as a pattern, a label was inserted bearing the name of the original - usually Stradivarius or Guarnerius.At the time these labels were not meant to deceive, since the instruments were obviously new and were sold as such.A customer phones or emails to enquire about an instrument that has been in the family for generations.They know it is very old and it has a label that says "Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona, 1721" (or Guarnerius, or Amati, or Maggini, or any other impressive name from the history of violin making). The initial response will always be: "I need to see it".The order may vary, but one of the last things they will do is look at the label.