Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1698, the 'Joachim, Kortschak, Field'

Violin: 40474

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1698"

Back: Two-piece of medium curl

Top: of medium to narrow grain

Scroll: of smaller figure

Ribs: of smaller figure

Varnish: Red brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 36.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 16 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- Van Houten
- Madame Weber
1850 - 1870 Joseph Joachim
from 1870 Stiehle
until 1920 Hinderer
1920 - 1922 W. E. Hill & Sons
1922 - 1923 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1925 Hugo Kortschak
until 1958 William Lewis & Son
1958 - 1968 Joan Field
1968 - 1998 Ernest H. Noren, Jr.
in 1998 Sold by Christie's
from 1998 Anonymous
in 2000 Current owner

Known players

Carmine Lauri

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL (1958)
  • Letter certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1923)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1922)

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


  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin (1925), Alberto Bachman, The Library Press Limited, London, 1925
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 18, 1998, London, Christie's, Christie's, 1998 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, September, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1938 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • Museum & Collections - What’s on - Royal Academy of Music
  • Six Strads Boost the Royal Academy's Collection
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)


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