Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1683, the 'de Ahna, Amatise'

Violin: 40146

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1683."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of medium curl

Ribs: of narrow slightly irregular curl

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

There are 9 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Unfortunately, all documents concerning this instrument were lost in the Second World War.

Mostra di Antonio Stradivari, Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Cremona

Valued informally at $1 million by 'Expert X,' who questioned the authenticity of the scroll. Valued informally at $1.1 to $1.6 million by Adam Crane, who also questioned the scroll.

"It has sometimes been called 'Amatise' because of its evident relationship with the work of Nicolò Amati... and it is also known as 'de Ahna' because it was played by the Austrian violinist Heinrich de Ahna (1833–1892, second violin in the renowned Joachim Quartet." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


in 1890 Sold by Richard Weichold
from 1890 Mrs. Schuler
Dr. A. Bilfinger
until 1962 Hamma & Co.
from 1962 Dr. Theodore Kaser
Cho-Ming Sin
until 1996 Saschko Gawriloff
1996-1998 Machold Rare Violins, Ltd
1998-2003 Dr Herbert R. Axelrod
2003-2007 Current owner

Known players

Heinrich Carl de Ahna, Matthew Trusler, Saschko Gawriloff, Willy Burmester

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1998) “It is original in all its essential parts like table, back, ribs and scroll.”
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1962)

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Evelyn & Herbert Axelrod Stringed Instrument Collection, Herbert Axelrod (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius, Cremona 1683, Ex-De Ahna, Amati, New York (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Collection brochure from Violin Advisor, LLC, April, 2007
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Report of the Trustee Review Panel concerning the Golden Age Collection, December 16, 2004
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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