Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1677, the 'Le Lever du Soleil (Sunrise)'

Violin: 40931

Back: One-piece marked by a broad curl

Top: one-piece, of broad grain on the treble side

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.3 cm

Middle bouts: 10.45 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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Decorative purfling in a mosaic of ivory. Stradivari's first known ornamented instrument.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961

On loan to Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum since 2004.

Classy Visitors To Vienna Museum, The Strad, January, 2004, London


until 1863 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1863 - 1872 Mr. H. Grosjean
1872 - 1893 Charles Wilmotte
1894 - 1895 Gustave Bernardel
1894 - 1914 Philippe Bovet
1914 - 1921 Jean Bovet
1921 - 1922 Caressa & Francais
in 1922 Marc Laberte
until 1973 Pierre Dalphin
1973 - 1998 Ryukakusan Co., Ltd.
from 1998 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, New York, NY (1998)
  • Receipt: Caressa & Francais, Paris (1922) To Marc Laberte.

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


  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier, 2008 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari in Japan, Shinichi Yokoyama, Gakken, Tokyo, 1984 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961
  • Antonio Stradivari: l'estetica sublime, Maurizio Villa, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 2011 (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Antonius Stradivarius (volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod, 2002 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 2004, London, 2004
  • Dictionnaire des Luthiers, vol. 1, Henri Poidras, Imprimierie de la Vicomté, Rouen, 1924 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads
  • Le Lever du Soleil, Albert Caressa, Paris, 1895 (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London, 2000 (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona 1677: The Sunrise, Machold Rare Violins, 1998 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • Violons par Antonius Stradivarius de Crémone, Albert Caressa, Paris (illustrated)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)


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