Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1733, the 'Des Rosiers'

Violin: 40677

Original label

Back: One-piece with a broad figure extending towards slightly from left to right

Top: of medium-grained spruce, straight and even

Ribs: from the same log as the back

Varnish: Reddish

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 15.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm


According to legend, a mob storming a chateau wanted to destroy the Strad because it was a symbol of aristocracy. A young Corporal tried to save the Strad by grabbing it an running away. He was caught and guillotined, but the violin survived.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961


- Des Rosiers
until 1898 Charles Des Rosiers
... ...
1911 - 1920 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1922 W. E. Hill & Sons
- Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
until 1932 John Hudson Bennett
in 1932 Sold by Anderson Galleries Inc.
... ...
in 1945 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1947 Province of Quebec
from 1977 Current owner

Known players

Angèle Dubeau, Arthur LeBlanc, Iso Briselli

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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


  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? - Supplemental
  • The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, 1932 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • Violin + Passion = Success


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