Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1716, the 'Colossus'

Violin: 40066

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Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1716"

Back: Two-piece of medium curl

Top: of even medium grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: matching back

Varnish: Red-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Reported stolen on Nov 3, 1998


"Luigi Alberto Bianchi had his companion of 11 years, his remarkable Stradivari Colossus violin, stolen in Rome, Italy on November 3, 1998 .

This unique violin is known as "Colossus" because of its slightly bigger than normal size.

It was made by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy in 1716.

It previously belonged to Giovanni Battista Viotti, Baillot, and to Jacques Thibaud who sold it in 1920.

It was bought in 1987 in London at Christie's."

"An unseemly name for a fine violin, whether bestowed for large tonal powers or its grand proportions!"

How Many Strads, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945

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Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Christie's, Dr. Simon A Carfagno, L. Ernest Walker, Jr., Lyon & Healy, Lyon & Healy, Jacques Thibaud, Pierre Baillot, Giovanni Battista Viotti

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Known players

Giovanni Battista Viotti, Jacques Thibaud, Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Pierre Marie Baillot

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