Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1716, the 'Otto Booth, Cho-Ming Sin'

Violin: 40057

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1716."

Back: Two-piece of broad figure

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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"This reputable violin known for its excellent tonal quality and power, was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1716. In 1855, it was owned by Madame Booth an English lady who tried to assemble a quartet of Stradivari instruments for her children. Otto Booth, her son, sold this instrument in 1889 and this violin has since been used as concert violin for performances throughout the world."

Nippon Music Foundation: Booth Stradivari


Cho-Ming Sin
until 1856 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from c. 1856 Madame Wilhelm von Booth
c. 1885-1889 Otto van Booth
from 1889 George Hart
in 1925 Henry Osborne Havemeyer
until 1930 Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer
1930-1931 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1931-1961 Mischa Mischakoff
in 1961 Robert Kagan
until 1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1999 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Arabella Steinbacher, Iona Brown, Julia Fischer, Mischa Mischakoff, Shunsuke Sato

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1704.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY Signed by Jay C. Freeman.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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.)


  • Arabella Steinbacher, violin | official Homepage
  • Correspondence with Shunsuke Sato, June, 2005
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instrument Recipients
  • Nippon Music Foundation: Booth Stradivari
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Estate of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, American Art Association, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • String Player, Vol. 1, No. 2 (illustrated)


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