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, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961

On loan to Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum since 2004.

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

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