Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1702, the 'Conte de Fontana, Peterlongo, Oistrakh'

Violin: 40706

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat anno 1703"

Back: One-piece of faint narrow curl

Top: one-piece of fine to very fine grain on the treble side, wider on the bass side

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of more prominent curl

Length of back: 35.45 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.65 cm


Although dated 1702, the instrument resembles those made in 1690.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987


- Paolo Ferrari
- Sold by Leandro Bisiach
- Count de Fontana
until 1905 Comtesse Fontana
from 1905 Camillo Foltzer
until 1955 Etienne Vatelot
1955 - 1966 David Oistrakh
... ...
in 1987 Paolo Peterlongo
- Fondazione Pro Canale - Milano

Known players

David Oistrakh, Mariana Sirbu, Massimo Quarta

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Etienne Vatelot, Paris

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


  • Patronage and investment in fine musical instruments, Fondazione Pro Canale, Milan, 2005 (illustrated)
  • 1a triennale internazionale degli strumenti ad arco, Cremona, 1976 (illustrated)
  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main, 1990 (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Massimo Quarta, April, 2007
  • David Oistrakh: Heart ofthe Matter
  • 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
  • Strumenti ad Arco, Paolo Peterlongo, Edizioni Siei, Milan, 1973 (illustrated)
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona, 2000 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its physical and acoustic principles, Paolo Peterlongo, Paul Elek, London, 1979 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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