Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1694, the 'Benecke'

Violin: 33055

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius, Cremonensis, Faciebat Anno 1697."

Back: Two-piece of small figured maple

Top: of very fine grain, widening towards the flanks

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: plum red

Length of back: 36.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.0 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 21.0 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


in 1902 Paul Victor Mendelssohn Benecke
until 1944 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1944 Jack O'Brien
in 1996 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY (1996) #5150.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1945)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1945)

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
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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