Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1672, the 'Gudgeon'

Violin: 40735

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1672"

Back: Two-piece of medium curl ascending slightly from the joint

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of slab-cut wood showing a faint curl

Ribs: of slab-cut wood showing a faint curl

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.0 cm

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"She began to study the violin two years ago with Norman Black, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist and musical director of WFIL, radio and TV. Soon thereafter she started collecting violins, which now number 14 and include one by William Moennig, Jr. The Strad was bought with a wedding anniversary check given by her husband.

'Instead of going out and buying another mink coat,' Mrs. Lush said, 'I came home with the beautiful Stradivari which most recently belonged to the famous Hungarian virtuosa, Erna Rubinstein.'"

Stradolinist, String Player, Vol. 3, No. 1


until 1890 George Hart
from 1890 George Gudgeon
until 1925 Lady Tennant
in 1925 Sold by Max Möller & Son
from 1925 Erna Rubenstein
in 1951 Sold by Max Möller & Son
from 1951 Mrs. S. Beryl Lush
in 1962 Sold by William Moennig & Son
until 1966 William Moennig & Son
from 1966 Arnold Gingrich
until 1985 Current owner

Known players

Erna Rubenstein

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia, PA (1966) With photos attached. "This instrument is a characteristic example of the period and is in a very fine state of preservation"
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1951) States the instruments is ". . . a characteristic example of the above period of the maker's work."
  • Letter: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1951) Gives history of the violin and states that the instrument is one of only five Stradivari violins known to him or his father which have neither a sound-post patch nor any half-edging.
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1925) With photos attached.

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


  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York, 1970 (illustrated)
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 10, 1973-1975 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby Parke Bernet Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, June 19, 1985, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, 1985 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius: sa vie, ses instruments
  • String Player, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1952
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)


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