Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1670, the 'Tullaye'

Violin: 1951

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1669."

Back: One piece cut on the slab, marked by a small curl and with four knots down the center

Top: Of open grain

Scroll: Plain

Ribs: Of wood similar to back but with more pronounced curl

Varnish: Brownish yellow

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.6 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"The first recorded owner of the 'Tullaye' was the Vicomtesse de la Tullaye. We are aware that a Monsieur le Boulet of Versailles sold the violin to the distinguished dealers William Ebsworth Hill & Sons in 1897 but we are not certain as to when he himself came to own it." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


Vicomtesse de la Tullaye
until 1897 Le Boulet
1897-1898 W. E. Hill & Sons
1898-1907 Sir Michael B. Nairn
until 1946 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1946 Clarence S. Payne
in 1984 J. & A. Beare and Bein & Fushi
in 1984 Otto Armin
from 1984 Landeskreditbank Baden Württemburg

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London
  • Certificate: Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


  • 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)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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