Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1702, the 'Lyall'

Violin: 40081

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis, Faciebat Anno 1702."

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with narrow irregular flame descending from the treble side.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with fine grain broadening considerably at the flanks.

Scroll: later, of a plainer maple.

Ribs: of similar wood with more pronounced figure.

Varnish: of an orange brown color.

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

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


until 1910 George Hart
from 1910 Mrs. Lyall
until 1949 John & Arthur Beare
1949-1950 William Lewis & Son
1950-1984 Frank Kessler
in 1984 Sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet
until 1997 University of Western Ontario
in 2002 Sold by Kenneth Warren & Son
until 2017 Anonymous
in 2017 Sold by Tarisio Private Sales
from 2017 Current owner

Known players

Lara St. John, Stefan Milenkovich

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Kenneth Warren & Son, Chicago, IL (2002)
  • Certificate: William Lewis & Son, Chicago, IL (1951) Original is lost.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1949) Original is lost. States that the instrument is authentic except for the head, which is attributed to Joseph Rocca.
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1949) Original is lost.

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.)


  • Canada Council for the Arts | Bringing the arts to life
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby Parke Bernet Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, January 18, 1984, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, May, 1951, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Society Recipients
  • The Lewis Collection of Old Violins, Violas, Cellos & Bows (Sep., 1950) (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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