Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1685, the 'Florentiner, Jean Becker'

Violin: 40750

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 21.6 cm


Hamma identifies this instrument as the "Florentiner" and ascribes the date to 1684.

Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (First Edition), Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932


from 1865 Alfred E. Hill
- Jean Becker
until 1884 Hamma & Co.
from 1884 Dr. Geissmar & Family
until 1905 August Herrmann
from 1905 Baron de Crano
from 1912 Willy Burmester
until 1918 Hamma & Co.
from 1918 Dr. Joseph Bauer
from 1929 Erich Lachmann
until 1930 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1930 Ruth Breton
until 1945 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1945 Mrs. Jeannette Bry
from 1985 Current owner

Known players

Herbert Greenberg, Jean Becker, Ruth Breton

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1931)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart Notes that the figures on the label are indistinct.
  • Certificate: Morel & Gradoux-Matt, New York, NY
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH

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


  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)


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