Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1730, the 'Feuermann, De Munck, Gardiner'

Cello: 40061

dated 1710. . .

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 74.6 cm

Upper bouts: 32.7 cm

Lower bouts: 41.9 cm

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"This instrument was made in 1730 as one of the 70 to 80 cellos ever made by Antonio Stradivari. It is known for its relatively long and narrow shape of body. It was owned and played worldwide by one of the world's greatest cellist, Emmanuel Feuermann (1902-1942) since the late 1930s."

Nippon Music Foundation

Dated 1710.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments, Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994

"In recent years it has been the cherished instrument of the late Emmanuel Feuermann, who during his many tours showed it almost the consideration he would extend to a human being, always obtaining an extra berth for it in which the instrument reposed. In his home it rested upon its own special couch.. . . Unlike so many Stradivari violoncellos, especially those of earlier date, this has not had to be altered in size to make it playable in comfort."

The "Last" Stradivarius Violoncello, The Strad, November, 1944, London

"The consensus of the Hill concern was that while the modeling probably represented a final Strad experiment, since there were several others of this size among the late instruments, as well as at least one normal 29 1/16 to 29 15/16 instrument during this period, it was probable that the sons had had a hand in its construction."

Emmanuel Fuermann's Cellos, Seymour W. Itzkoff, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1977


- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
- de Barrau
until 1869 August-Joseph Franchomme
- Gand & Bernardel, Freres
from 1869 Ernest de Munck
- Gardiner
- Hériot
1926 - 1937 W. E. Hill & Sons
1937 - 1942 Emanuel Feuermann
1943 - 1956 Russell B. Kingman
... ...
in 1987 Aldo Parisot
... ...
from 1996 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Aldo Parisot, Emanuel Feuermann, Ernest de Munck, Steven Isserlis


  • 2011 Strad Calendar: Cello Heroes, Newsquest, London, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IV, No. 1, Seymour W. Itzkoff, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation
  • The Strad, June, 2000, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, June, 2000, John Dilworth, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Pictures
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994
  • The Strad, November, 1944, London, 1944 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, April, 1988, Seymour W. Itzkoff, London, 1988 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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