Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1733, the 'Huberman, Kreisler'

Violin: 40687

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1733"

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending from left to right

Top: of fine to medium grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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From the Hill lett of January 12: "It [the violin] was first seen by Mr. Alfred Hill in 1910 in the possession of Monsieur Gherault, an organist who lived in Rouen, who stated that he had inherited this violin from his uncle and that it had been owned by his family for nearly a century. He declined an offer made for the violin and kept it until his death in 1912, when the violin passed into the hands of his niece, Madame Demange, from whom Mr. Hill bought it in 1913.

Owing to this violin having a rather exceptional quality of tone it was offered to Kreisler, who readily purchase it. At this time the violin did not possess an original Stradivari head, but Mr. Hill acquired one a few years afterwards which he fitted to the instrument.

Enquiries made subsequently revealed that this violin had belonged to an amateur by the name of Uthoff in the early part of the last centruy.

Kreisler retained this violin until 1936, when he acquired another example by the same maker [the Lord Amherst of Hackney]. He had used this instrument when making his most famous records. It was sold shortly afterwards to Mr. Bronislaw Hubermann who retained this violin until his death."

Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1979


- Uthoff
in 1910 Monsieur Gherault
1912 - 1913 Madame Demange
1913 - 1914 W. E. Hill & Sons
1914 - 1936 Fritz Kreisler
1936 - 1937 W. E. Hill & Sons
1937 - 1947 Bronislaw Huberman
- Pierre Cauvin
from 1956 Daniel Tschudi
in 1979 Sold by Sotheby's

Known players

Bronislaw Huberman, Fritz Kreisler, Johanna Martzy

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1948)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1937)

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 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven, 1993 (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, May 3, 1979, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1979 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, May, 1979, London, 1979 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • The World of Fritz Kreisler
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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