Stradivarius from 1685 called ‘Polonia’ exhibited in Warsaw

Created in 1685, the Stradivarius violin was bought by the founders of FutureNet Roman Ziemian and Stephan Morgenstern on the occasion of Poland regaining its independence and will be showcased in Warsaw’s Royal Palace for two weeks as of November 7.

This Stradivarius is also the first violin of this brand to be returned to Poland after WWII. The violin, played daily by Janusz Wawroski, was named “Polonia” three days ago.

The musician admitted that putting the instrument away for two weeks made him shed a tear. However, the violinist is happy that more people will be able to learn about this particular Stradivarius and the brand as a whole.

“The possibility of looking from a distance of a couple of centimetres into the eye, if you will, of a design originating from the workshop of Stradivari is an absolutely unique experience,” said the director of the Royal Castle Wojciech Falkowski, adding that such an opportunity is unlikely to come about again anywhere else and anytime soon.

Before WWII, there were a couple of Stradivarius violins in Poland, both of which became spoils of war, were sold abroad or handed over to foreign hands. This Stradivarius is not just the first violin of this brand to be returned to Poland after WWII but also a model from the golden era of Stradivari.

For many years the violin, which is now exhibited in the Royal Castle, has been in private hands and its public display is very rare as its strings rung out only once per year on concerts marking special occasions. That is why this model is one of the best preserved, thorough research has shown that all of its elements are 333-years-old.

Interestingly, the violin was constructed in 1685, the year when John Sebastian Bach was born, and its authenticity is certified.

The FutureNet Foundation was founded by Roman Ziemian and Stephan Morgenstern, and its field of activity is medicine, technology and culture.