Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1699, the 'Castelbarco'

Violin: 40117

Bearing its original label, dated 1696, but changed to 1701.

Back: One-piece, cut on the slab

Top: of finely grained pine, opening out at the flanks

Ribs: cut on the quarter

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.8 cm

Upper bouts: 16 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 19.95 cm

There are 24 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"For me, the 'Castelbarco' is somewhere in between the others -- brighter sounding than the 'Ward' but not quite as powerful as the 'Betts'."

Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts, Earl Carlyss, The Strad, December, 1987, London


until 1862 Count Cesare Pompeo Castelbarco
in 1862 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1862 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
Dr. Tesse
from 1870 Richard Wagner
from 1872 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
until 1875 David Laurie
1875-1877 W. E. Hill & Sons
1877-1907 John Mountford
in 1907 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1907 Mrs. Renton
1928-1934 Nathan E. Posner
1934-1936 Gertrude Clarke Whittall
from 1936 Library of Congress, Washington

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1907)

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
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1987, Earl Carlyss, London
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. XVII, No. 2, Robert Bein, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, September, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 2006, Philip J. Kass, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Stradivari, Stewart Pollens, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York (illustrated)
  • The Stringed Instrument Collection in the Library of Congress, Shinichi Yokoyama, Gakken
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. V, No. 2, Albert Mell, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)


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