Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1734, the 'Gibson, Saint Senoch'

Viola: 40264


Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Varnish: Orange over a light golden yellow

Length of back: 41.15 cm

Upper bouts: 18.5 cm

Middle bouts: 12.75 cm

Lower bouts: 24.05 cm

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Thought to be the last viola made by Stradivari.

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945

Illustrated in The Strad, January 1960.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999

Dated 1728.

Das Stradivarius-Quartett des Herrn von Saint-Senoch, Paul de Wit, Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, Leipzig


- Joseph Gillott
- Sold by George Hart
- Sold by David Laurie
until 1886 Marquis de St. Senoch
in 1886 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
from 1886 Saint-Senoch's widow
until 1891 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1891 Baron Johann Knoop
- George Alfred Gibson
until 1926 Captain H. S. Murray
until 1929 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1929 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
- Sold by Emil Herrmann
- Sold by Hamma & Co.
- Dr. Hans Kühne
- Sold by Albert Caressa
until 1937 Emil Herrmann
from 1937 Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss
- Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger, Switzerland
in 1961 Samuel L. Crocker
... ...
in 1975 Current owner

Known players

David Greenlees, George Alfred Gibson, Hannes Bärtschi, Lech Antonio Uszynski, William Hymanson, William Primrose, Yossi Gutmann


  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 3, 1973-1975 (illustrated)
  • 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)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan, 1987 (illustrated)
  • Correspondence with Hannes Bärtschi, June, 2006
  • The Strad, September, 1986, London, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, Paul de Wit, edited by Paul de Wit, Leipzig, June 1, 1886
  • Emil Herrmann Papers, 1910-1947, The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998 (Box 90), Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Four Strads That One Man Owned, January 13, 1886
  • Fritz Baumgartner, Jr. (1924-1975)
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Violins & Violinists, December, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1942 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin-Makers (1952), Karel Jalovec, Orbis, Prague, 1952 (illustrated)
  • Le marché de la lutherie à l'époque de Vuillaume: quelques éléments d'approche
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., 1932 (illustrated)
  • Playing Second Fiddle to Their Instruments, January 23, 2009
  • The Strad, September, 1986, London, 1986 (illustrated)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Stephen-Peter Greiner, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Stradivari-Quartett
  • The Strad, January, 1960, London, 1960 (illustrated)
  • The Crocker Stradivari Quartet
  • The History of the Viola, Volume 1
  • The Strad Poster
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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