Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1723, the 'Jules Falk'

Violin: 40620

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1723"

Back: One-piece of native maple; from the same log as the 1723 Emiliani

Top: of fine even grain

Scroll: of fainter medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.9 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Click here for more information.


"The violin is modelled on the PG form, also used for the 'Lady Blunt', 'Messiah' and Habaneck Strads, and the maple of the back appears on several other 1723 violins, including the 'Earl Spencer'."

The "Jules Falk" Stradivari, The Strad, August, 1960, London


1737 - 1743 Francesco Stradivari
1743 - 1775 Paolo Stradivari
from 1775 Count Cozio di Salabue
- Luigi Tarisio
- Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
- Paul Vidal
until 1890 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
from 1890 Ami Rehfous
until 1900 Gustave Bernardel
1900 - 1907 Marcel Herwegh
1907 - 1957 Jules Falk
from 1959 Charles Falk
in 1964 Sold by Frank Passa
in 1966 Rolf Habisreutinger
... ...
in 1985 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1985 Current owner

Known players

Jules Falk, Viktoria Mullova

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1937) States that the instrument is from 1722-25.
  • Certificate: Gustave Bernardel (photocopy), Paris (1900) Dates the instrument as 1706.

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


  • $9,000 for a Stradivarius, January 17, 1907
  • A 1683 Stradivari, "The Bucher"
  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main, 1990 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 11, 1973-1975 (illustrated)
  • Observations
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sale Book, 1870-1936, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 3, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1985 (illustrated)
  • Texas Heart
  • The Strad, August, 1960, London, 1960 (illustrated)
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, London, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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