Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Joachim'

Violin: 40496

Original label, but the last digit has been tampered with

Back: Two-piece with medium curl extending upwards from the joint

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.65 cm

Middle bouts: 10.95 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Hill's comments describe how the young Joachim longed for and finally acquired this instrument at a price which up to that time was the highest ever paid for a violin. Joachim used it in all his concerts for many years. At these musical feasts, the London "pops" in the '60s and earlier, it was an honored guest with Madame Schumann, Rubenstein and Chopin. It was the beautiful voice with which Joachim spoke during that rich period in the history of music when he and his friends Mendelssohn and Schumann, and later the young Brahms, were rediscovering the instrumental works of Bach, Beethoven and Schubert and making them household words in Europe.

The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York


until 1849 Müller
1849 - 1885 Joseph Joachim
from 1885 Dietrich A. Meier
until 1913 Baron Johann Knoop
from 1913 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1925 Alfred E. Stephens
in 1925 Sold by Nathan E. Posner
1925 - 1932 John Hudson Bennett
... ...
in 1945 Paul Stassevitch
- Sold by Ruggiero Ricci
in 1960 Sold by Kenneth Warren & Son
in 1963 Hugh W. Long
1964 - 1967 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1967 - 2009 Si-Hon Ma
in 2010 Current owner

Known players

Joseph Joachim

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1923) To Rudolph Wurlitzer Company.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY

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
  • Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Kenneth Warren & Son advertisement, January, 1960
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963 (illustrated)
  • The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, 1932 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)


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