Paganini Quartet. (1945–1966)
Signed Photograph with Program
Original photograph of the string quartet signed by first violinist and founder Henri Temianka, second violinist and original member Gustave Rosseels, cellist Lucien Laporte, and violist Charles Foidart. Small vertical tear to lower margin, else in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Together with program for performance in the Seattle area from 1954–55 season, with an unusually vague listing of pieces. The concert was to include "One of the Great Quartets of Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn, two sections of "Selections from the Heart of the Quartet," and "A Quartet from the French or Romantic Period." Vertical crease, else fine. 6.25 x 9.5 inches (15.9 x 24.1 cm.).
Founded by first violinist Henri Temianka in 1946, the Paganini Quartet drew its name from the fact that all four of its instruments, each made by Antonio Stradivari, had once been owned by the great Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini.