Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1707, the 'Countess of Stanlein, Paganini'

Cello: 40127

Back: Two-piece

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Count Cozio's Notes, June 8, 1816: "I have seen this beautiful and strong medium B model cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1707. It belongs to Vincenzo, son of Antonio Merighi, a good musician and pupil of Storioni in the concerto of Milan (but without [his] grace). This instruments shares the same measurements, red varnish, and craftsmanship with the cello of Professor Alessandro Delfini, called Brescianino. The only difference is that Merighi's is larger than the one owned by Brescianino dated 1709 because in the chest of the body between the C-bouts there are two edges.

The [cello] owned by Merighi is made of beautiful maple, with wide grain. Back, sides and neck. The back is joined in the middle with longitudinal grain from [...] to [...]; the back is intact. There are some cracks in the sides and on the top, which have been well repaired. The F-holes are beautiful. The neck is by the same maker. I have found it [i.e. the neck] in Parma, even if it was originally made for a viola da gamba with six strings. It is possible see it from the first two holes that have been cut and joined with the scroll made by Antonio Merighi. . . ." (p. 247)

Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Baltimore


until 1816 Antonio Merighi
1816 - 1839 Vincenzo Merighi
1839 - 1840 Nicolò Paganini
1840 - 1854 Baron Achille Paganini
in 1854 Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1854 - 1867 Count Louis Stanlein
1867 - 1908 Countess of Stanlein
1909 - 1938 Paul Grümmer
1938 - 1948 Dr. Georg Talbot
1948 - 1957 Richard Talbot
1957 - 2011 Bernard Greenhouse
in 2012 Sold by Reuning & Son Violins
from 2012 Current owner

Known players

Albert Kruemmer, Bernard Greenhouse, Stéphane Tétreault, Vincenzo Merighi

Certificates & Documents

  • 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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • How Many Strads?, 1999
  • Memoirs of a Violin Collector: Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue, Brandon Frazier, Baltimore
  • The Strad, December, 1987, John Dilworth, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Stradivari Pictures
  • Stéphane Tétreault biography
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 57 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 1985, Edward Seckerson, London


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