Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1725, the 'Wilhelmj'

Violin: 40060

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1725."

Back: Two-piece of well-pronounced narrow curl descending from the joint

Top: of medium grain in the center of the treble side, opening out towards the flank, and more open grain in the center of the bass side, narrowing towards the flank

Scroll: of medium curl with traces of the original black edging

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown

Length of back: 35.8 cm

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This violin was named after the acclaimed German violinist August Wilhelmj (1845-1908) who owned and played it. His father who was a doctor of law and an amateur violinist purchased the violin in 1866 for his son. Among the many fine violins Wilhlemj owned, this Stradivari remained his favorite. It was in 1896, sometime after has ceased to play in public, when Wilhelmj decided to, as he said, “quit when at my best” and parted with the violin as young as in his early 50’s.

Nippon Music Foundation: Wilhelmj Stradivari


until 1855 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1855-1866 Bochmühl
1866-1896 August Wilhelmj
... ...
from 1896 and in 1902 Hugo Kupferschmidt
... ...
from 1920 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1925 J. E. Greiner
... ...
in 1931 Frank Miles Yount
... ...
1938-1944 Maulsby Kimball
in 1944 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1944-1946 Thomas L. Fawick
Henryk Kaston
Jerry Castellone
until 1972 George A. Gade
from 1972 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 2001 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Angel Reyes, August Wilhelmj, Baiba Skride, Hugo Kupferschmidt, Shunsuke Sato

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1972)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1970)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1944)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1921)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1921)
  • Certificate: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris (1855)

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
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation: Wilhelmj Stradivari
  • Friedrich Brothers Rare Old Violins (1919), Ernest N. Doring, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York (illustrated)
  • Friedrich Brothers Rare Old Violins - 1920 Catalog, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, Part II, November 14, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • 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)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1995, Orpheus, London (illustrated)


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