Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1722, the 'Laurie'

Violin: 43096

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1722"

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl ascending from the center joint

Top: of medium broad grain in the center, narrowing towards the flanks

Scroll: of faint curl

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown over a golden ground

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


- Robert von Mendelssohn
until 1907 Joseph Joachim
from 1907 Mendelssohn family
- Francis Drake Ballard
in 1963 Current owner

Known players

Joseph Joachim


  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main, 1990 (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona, 1963 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)


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