Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1716, the 'Otto Booth, Cho-Ming Sin'

Violin: 40057

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1716"

Back: Two-piece of broad figure

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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"This reputable violin known for its excellent tonal quality and power, was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1716. In 1855, it was owned by Madame Booth an English lady who tried to assemble a quartet of Stradivari instruments for her children. Otto Booth, her son, sold this instrument in 1889 and this violin has since been used as concert violin for performances throughout the world."

Nippon Music Foundation


until 1856 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1856 Madame Wilhelm von Booth
in 1885 Otto van Booth
from 1889 George Hart
in 1925 Henry Osborne Havemeyer
until 1930 Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer
1930 - 1931 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1931 - 1961 Mischa Mischakoff
in 1961 Robert Kagan
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
- C. M. Sin
from 1999 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Arabella Steinbacher, Iona Brown, Julia Fischer, Mischa Mischakoff, Shunsuke Sato

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1704.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY Signed by Jay C. Freeman.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1704.

Copies of many certificates and other documents are available on request. Please contact us for more information.


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments
  • Correspondence with Anne Mischakoff Heiles, June, 2006
  • Correspondence with Shunsuke Sato, June, 2005
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945
  • Nippon Music Foundation
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Estate of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, American Art Association, New York, 1930 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • String Player, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1950 (illustrated)


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