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 are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


in 1902 Paul Victor Mendelssohn Benecke
... ...
from 1945 Anonymous
until 1945 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1944 Jack O'Brien
in 1996 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, 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
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • 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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