Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1727, the 'Kiesewetter'

Violin: 40085

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1727."

Back: One-piece

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm

There are 39 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Listed in most earlier publications as a work of 1731, but now believed to be made somewhere around 1723.

The Miracle Makers, The Miracle Makers, Chicago

This instrument was seized from Havemeyer's widow, Mrs. H. G. Havemeyer, in 1910 by customs officials who accused Havemeyer of having smuggled the instrument into the country. The attorneys for Havemeyer did not deny the accusation but pleaded the statute of limitations

Havemeyer's 'Strad' Seized, The New York Times, New York


Christophe Gottfried Kiesewetter
Sir Francis Goldschmidt
Miss Goldschmidt
from 1890 and in 1902 Charles Fletcher
until 1905 George Hart
1905-1907 Henry Osborne Havemeyer
until 1950 Horace Havemeyer
until 1953 The Society For Strings
in 1953 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
from 1953 and in c. 1955 Dr. Jerome Gross
... ...
1972-1986 Howard Gottlieb
from 1986 John & Arthur Beare
in 1996 Current owner

Known players

Augustin Hadelich, Ilya Gringolts, Maxim Vengerov, Philippe Quint, Stefan Jackiw

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2023) Dates the latest ring of the bass and treble side as 1719 and 1722, respectively. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc (photocopy), Chicago, IL (2007)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare (photocopy), London (1995)
  • Certificate: Bein & Fushi, Inc (photocopy), Chicago, IL (1995)

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.)


  • The Strad, April, 2001, Laurinel Owen, Orpheus, London (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Arts Management Group
  • Bein & Fushi 1996 Calendar, Bein & Fushi, Inc, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The New York Times, New York, December 25, 1910
  • ICM Partners
  • My Favourite Instrument
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Stradivari Society Recipients
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Miracle Makers, Bein & Fushi, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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