Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1666, the 'Aranyi'

Violin: 40723

Original label: "Antonius Stradivarius Faciebat Anno 1667"

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl

Top: one-piece of narrow grain, opening out towards the bass side

Scroll: of curl similar to back

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 34.8 cm

Upper bouts: 15.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.15 cm

Lower bouts: 19.8 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


- J. K. E. Koolhaus
1920 - 1924 Eric Smit
1924 - 1929 Francis E. Aranyi
1929 - 1930 Emil Herrmann
1930 - 1942 Thomas C. Petersen
1942 - 1944 Roger N. Chittolini
in 1945 Dr. Eugenio Sturchio
... ...
in 1976 Dr. Eli Marcovitz
... ...
in 1982 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1944)
  • Letter: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1944) Written by Jay C. Freeman.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (1941)
  • Certificate: Bicentenario Stradivariano, Cremona (1937)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1920) "the violin […] was made by Antonio Stradivari about the year 1666-1670, the label dated 1707, which the instrument bears, is fictitious."

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


  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Emil Herrmann Papers, 1910-1947, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998 (Box 90), Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1986, Robert Lewin, London, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague, 1952 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938 (illustrated)
  • La Casa Nuziale: The Home of Antonio Stradivari, 1667-1680, Arnaldo Baruzzi, W. E. Hill & Sons, London, 1962 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 12, 1986, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. II, No. 1, The Queens College Press, Flushing, New York, 1976 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Autumn 1982, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, 1982 (illustrated)


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