Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1725, the 'Chaconne, Hammig'

Violin: 40703

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1725", the last two digits being handwritten

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, displaying vigorous flaming that drops slightly to the outside; there is an almond-shaped inset in the lower part of the center joint

Top: Two matching pieces; there is a knot near the upper corner on the bass side

Scroll: of heavily flamed wood

Ribs: of wood matching back, more widely flamed

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden-yellow base

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Supposedly, the name derives from the fact that Joachim found the tone to be especially suitable for the interpretation of Bach's "Chaconne."

Masterpieces of Violin-Making, Rudolf Hopfner, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan, 2002


from 1907 Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
- Sold by Henry Werro
until 1958 Philipp Hammig
from 1958 Hamma & Co.
in 1963 Maurice Rubeli
... ...
1981 - 1987 Norbert Brainin
... ...
in 2002 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Joseph Joachim, Norbert Brainin, Rainer Küchl

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, New York, NY (1989)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1959)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1954)
  • Certificate: Philipp Hammig, Berlin (1952)
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1939)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1715.
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1715.

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)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers, Volume 2, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn Ltd., London, 1968 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan, 2002 (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963 (illustrated)
  • The Instruments of the Amadeus Quartet
  • 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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