Harmonie Autographs and Music, Inc. Historical Conductor Baton Catalog 2023

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Richard Strauss, Anatoly Lyadov, Ralph Vaughan Williams

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HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC, INC. Music Appraiser and Antiquarian

March 28, 2023

Dear Friends, Customers and Colleagues,

I am very excited to bring you this catalog! We offer three historical ivory presentation batons from conductor Gene Young’s Trust. They include a baton which belonged to the Russian composer and conductorAnatoly Lyadov, the baton presented by Luitpold - Prinzregent of Bavaria to Richard Strauss at the time of the Munich premiere of “Der Rosenkavalier” and the Bach Chorus baton presented to composer Ralph Vaughan-Williams at the time he assumed the Music Directorship of the famed Bach Chorus in London. Each is over 100 years in age. We are licensed by New York State to offer, sell and ship them within the United States to all states which allow the sale of antique ivory. Two may ship to 46 states and one to 48 states based upon the de minimus laws of the states which regulate the sale of ivory within their boundaries. If you reside overseas, please see the next page with the ivory regulation for your country. We will ship to foreign destinations as the law allows in your country. Each baton will be accompanied by a license which should be kept with the baton, as well as a court decree from the Probate Court of the State of Connecticut authorizing us to sell the batons on behalf of the trust. (We will have to seek an export and import license for all foreign sales where allowed.)

All items subject to prior sale, please contact us as soon as possible for items you may wish to acquire.

My best,



Music Appraiser and Antiquarian

Due to foreign interest in our batons, we will offer them for shipment overseas based on what various international laws will allow.

• United States: Every State except for: New Jersey, Washington State, New York and California. The Ralph Vaughan Williams baton may be sold to New York and California clients as the baton is under the 20% de minimus regulation.

• United Kingdom: The June 2022 passage by Parliament of the 2018 IvoryAct allows for the importation of “outstandingly high artistic, cultural or historical value”elephant ivory antiques prior to 1918, or 100 year old elephant ivory with a 10% de minimus requirement. Therefore, the Strauss and Liadov batons would qualify, the Vaughan William baton would not.

• European Union:All three batons may be purchased by a bona fide “museum”.

• Canada andAustralia: No importation, no exemptions.

• Asia: China:All ivory importation banned. Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand will accept antique ivory imports with a license.

If your country is not listed here, please advise of your interest and we will research what is allowed.

In order to ship the batons overseas, we will need to seek an individual ESAexport license from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which currently is $75 fee and an import license from your government and we will research the fee structure once you inform me of your interest. Expect 90 day delays before shipment to receive the licenses, VAT for your country will be charged if mandated and the purchase and fees costs must be paid in advance.

Please advise of your interest, if you reside in a country which allows for the importation of the batons. We have to abide by your countries laws, as the fines for not following the law are extraordinary.



(1855 - 1914)

Elephant Ivory & Sterling Silver Presentation Conductor Baton, 1904

The baton was presented to the composer, likely by the St. Petersburg Conservatoire in 1904. It was created in the studio of silversmith Yakov Lyupanov, a cousin of composer Sergei Lyupanov and bears his personal Imperial Russian kokoshnik stamp (hallmark) on the center band. The inscription reads, Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov, 1904.

Materials: Elephant tusk ivory shaft with cast sterling silver hardware caps at each end and an engraved central band. The baton has been carved with a narwhale motif. The top cap bears a lyre and the bottom cap is a knob.

Dimensions: 15.5" in length, 5.1 ounces

Condition: Stellar condition, with no visible cracks in the ivory.

Anatoly Lyadov a pupil of Rimsky Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire was generally a miniaturist and an early arranger of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe. He was a musical folklorist which he used throughout his works.Alater member of the powerful "Mighty Handful" a consortium of the best, politically astute composers in Russia, he was able to help his pupils in ways other composers could not, Lyadov was a composition and harmony Professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire and the Imperial Chapel. As a composer he also wrote two original ballets, symphonic poems, orchestral scherzos, ballet arrangements, choruses, songs, piano music and chamber music including string quartets.As a composition pedagogue, his pupils included: Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Asafyev and Malko.

Provenance, The Gene Young Trust, purchased from the Milanese firm of Piero e Pierangelo Il Segno.

** This baton can be shipped to all states with the exception of: California, New Jersey, New York and Washington State due to their de-minimus regulations. It cannot be shipped outside of the United States. Afull New York DEC license 140-2 and a copy of the Connecticut State Court Decree will accompany the baton.


Anatoly Lyadov ivory and sterling presentation baton, 1904


The “Der Rosenkavalier”

Ivory and Sterling Silver Presentation Conductor Baton, in it’s Original Custom

Leather & Velvet Box

The baton was presented to the composer by Prinz Luitpold, the Prinze Regent of Bavaria in Munich on February 1, 1911, at the time of the Munich Premiere of “Der Rosenkavalier and six days after the World Premiere of the opera in Dresden. It was created in the studio of the Royal Jeweler, Heiden of Munich and bears his hallmark beneath the crown cap. The inscription reads, Dem Komponisten Dr. Richard Strauss, zugeeignet, Luitpold Pz Regent v.Bayern, München, am 1 Feb 1911. Translated, The composer Dr. Richard Strauss dedicated by Leopold Prince Regent of Bavaria, Munich the 1st of February, 1911.

Materials: Lathe turned elephant tusk ivory shaft with cast sterling silver caps, an engraved band with gold electroplated highlights and 9 small set ruby adornments. The top cap is a lyre surrounded by a laurel wreath with a small ruby at the top. The bottom cap bears the crown of state of Bavaria with 8 tiny rubies surrounding the crown band and a cross with red enamel. (All set stones remain.) The central-band also features Prinz Luitpold’s engraved autograph. The baton is housed in the original custom Moroccan leather wrapped over wood box with brass hinges and closures.

Dimensions: 12.5” in length, 3.7 ounces, the case is 3” x 15”

Condition: Light ivory age toning, with a few cracks which are very typical for ivory of this age when set in a confined metal setting, as ivory is a natural material and will expand and contract over time. However, the surface is completely smooth, else superb condition. The case is in remarkably fine condition.

Prince Luitpold (1821-1912) the Prince Regent of Bavaria opened a an artistic Renaissance in his country and was the most important patron of the arts in Bavaria. He ruled in place of his two nephews, Ludwig II, and after his controversial death, Otto I. Both brothers were mentally incapacitated.


The composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was from Munich, his father was a French hornist in the Munich Hofoper orchestra.At the time of the gift, Strauss and Mahler were the two most important composers in the German speaking world. (Mahler would die inApril of 1911.) Whilst Mahler spent his career as a composer of symphonies and lieder, Strauss was more ambitious in a multitude of genres and was considered the greatest German opera composer of his time. Strauss, like Mahler took various positions in Germany andAustria as a conductor and opera house director. From 1894 to 1896, Strauss was 2nd conductor to Hermann Levi of the Munich Hoforchester. Prince Luitpold upon Levis’retirement in 1896 appointed Strauss Kapellmeister and Generalmusikdirektor of the Hoforchester. It is interesting to note that Strauss actually interviewed with Luitpold before he was appointed Hofkapellmeister. Luitpold wanted to know if he was related to the Austrian Strauss family, whose music he considered pedestrian. It is well documented that Prince Luitpold gave Strauss’s predecessor Levi a gold baton when he was awarded the Order of the Crown, third class in 1891. The Strauss baton whilst not solid gold is a precious piece, not only for its manufacture, but that it was presented to him by the then 90- year-old monarch. The date is the Munich premiere of “Der Rosenkavalier”, his most popular opera and six days after the world premiere. The opera which was Strauss’s greatest single triumph premiered in Dresden on January 26, 1911. London’s The Musical Times stated in theirApril 1, 1911 edition, (Der Rosenkavalier) was received with great enthusiasm when performed for the first time in the composer’s native town.

Interestingly, Kaiser Wilhelm II also presented an ivory and sterling baton to Strauss on a birthday which sold at auction 5 years after this baton in 2016. The Kaiser’s baton was not as impressive as this baton.

Provenance, The Gene Young Trust, purchased from Hermann Historica GmbH, Munich, Germany, October 27, 2011

** This baton can be shipped to all states with the exception of: California, New Jersey, New York and Washington State due to their de-minimus regulations. It cannot be shipped outside of the United States. Afull New York DEC license 140-1 and a copy of the Connecticut State Court Decree will accompany the baton.


Richard Strauss “Der Rosenkavalier” Presentation baton

The Bach Chorus Presentation Baton, 1921

The London based Bach Chorus presented the baton to the composer in 1921 when he assumed the Music Directorship of the famed British choir. It was created in the studio of the renowned Birmingham silversmith John Paul Cooper (1869-1933) and is a superb example of British arts and crafts. The baton bears his hallmarks on the center band which bears the legend, To Ralph Vaughan/Williams/The Bach Choir 1921.

Materials: Lathe turned elephant tusk ivory beads and shagreen inserts mounted over hardwood with cast sterling silver caps and cage type bands and a central engraved band with shagreen tips at the top.

Dimensions: 13.75" in length, 6.8 ounces

Condition:As with the Strauss baton, there are a few cracks in the ivory which do not effect the surface, which is smooth to the touch. The shagreen (decorative sharkskin) is wrapped over wood in 2 places and features a cage style banding. The entire decorative engraving is accomplished by hand.

This is an important piece, not only for the historical value and craftsmanship, John Paul Cooper’s arts and crafts pieces with his signature shagreen coverings are sought after and frequently sold at auction.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was one of Britain's' finest and most unique composers of the late 19th and first half of the 20th Century. Based for most of his life at Cambridge University, Vaughan was part of the movement that brought British themes back to English music and away from the Germanic influenced composers like Sir Arthur Sullivan and Edward Elgar. He composed 9 symphonies, operas, ballets, incidental music, chamber music and solo music, but he is also remembered for his songs and choral music. Also of particular interest is his nautical music, "A Sea Symphony" and "SinfoniaAntarctica". He had a long association with the Bach Chorus beginning in 1902 as a singer. He accepted the Music Directorship in 1921 after SirAdrian Boult turned the position down and remained as Music Director until 1928, when amusingly Boult took it over. Vaughan-Williams wrote numerous choral works for the group and the chorus of the Sea Symphony in 1910 with them in mind.

WILLIAMS (1872—1958 )

The Bach Choir is a long-established musical group still operating in England. Otto Goldschmidt founded the chorus in 1875 to give the first performance in England of Bach's Mass in B minor. The group performs a much wider repertoire than Bach, including Brahms, Mozart, Handel and other major composers of choral works. Vaughan Williams performed the World Premiere of his "ASea Symphony" with the choir. Provenance, The Gene Young Trust, no previous ownership records remain prior to this.

** This baton can be shipped to all states with the exception of: New Jersey and Washington State as it meets California and New York State de-minimus regulations. It cannot be shipped outside of the United States.Afull New York DEC license 140-3 and a copy of the Connecticut State Court Decree will accompany the baton.