Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1707, the 'La Cathédrale'

Violin: 40082

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1707."

Back: One-piece of medium curl ascending slightly from left to right, with original wings in the lower bouts

Top: of narrow grain in the center, opening out to medium grain on the flanks fo the treble side and broader grain on the flanks of the bass side

Scroll: of broad curl

Ribs: of broad curl

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm


"The name La Cathédrale (1707) was given to this one-piece back violin by the French violinist J B Cartier whose L'Art du Violon was published in Paris in 1798. It is thought that an officer of Napoleon's army brought this violin from Italy. There follows a gap in its history until 1949 where it was shown to Hamma of Stuttgart; In 1955 it was in the possession of Marius Casadesus; in 1984 Michael Scheinin; and in 1986 it was bought by local company N W Brown Group who put it into their musical Trust Fund - the beneficiary of whom was Nigel Kennedy."

Illustrated in The Strad, Feb. 1987.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago


until 1831 Jean Baptiste Cartier
1831 - 1872 Pierre David
from 1872 E. Lemoine
in 1955 Marius Casadesus
... ...
in 1984 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1984 Michel Scheinen
1986 - 1991 N. W. Brown Group
in 1991 Sold by Peter Biddulph
from 1991 Anonymous
in 2015 Anonymous
from 2017 Current owner

Known players

Nigel Kennedy, Tamaki Kawakubo

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1955)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1949)

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.)


  • Bein & Fushi 1993 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1987, London (illustrated)
  • 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
  • The Strad, October, 2000, Jane Dorner, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 22, 1984, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Society Recipients
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)


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