Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1708, the 'Regent, Superb'


Violin: 40149

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis, faciebat anno 1708."

Back: in one piece of quarter cut maple with medium-width flame ascending slightly from the treble side and bearing the same sap mark as Stradivari's 'Cathedrale' violin of 1707.

Top: in two pieces of spruce with medium-width grain broadening slightly toward the edges.

Scroll: of slightly broader flame.

Ribs: of similar wood to the back.

Varnish: of a deep red-brown color.

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

There are 6 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.

Provenance

from 1824 Unknown
- Sold by Roger & Max Millant
in 1941 Sold by Henry Werro
in 1941 Paul Werzinger-Burkhard
in 1942 Albert Uhl
in 1946 Henry Werro
... ...
in 1963 Dr David Josefowitz
... ...
from 2015 Current owner

Known players

Ofer Falk, Tasmin Little

Certificates & Documents

  • Proforma Certificate: Tarisio, Berlin (2022)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2000) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1700.
  • Letter certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London (1946)
  • Letter certificate: Émile Français (photocopy), Paris (1942)
  • Letter certificate: Silvestre & Maucotel (photocopy), Paris (1942)
  • Letter certificate: Henry Werro (photocopy), Bern (1941)

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.)

References

  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making, David Rattray, Outline Press, London (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, January, 2000, Orpheus, London
  • Tasmin Little: String-driven thing, The Independent, August 2003
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Young guns

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