Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1689, the 'Archinto'

Cello: 40269

Bearing its original label.

Part of the quartet of Strads owned by Count Archinto

Back: Two-piece

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 76.8 cm

Upper bouts: 34.9 cm

Middle bouts: 24 cm

Lower bouts: 45.1 cm

There are 10 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


A monograph was published while the instrument was owned by Russell B. Kingman.

How Many Strads?, Doring, Bein & Fushi, Doring, Bein & Fushi, How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Chicago

"The 'Archinto' is the sister of the 'Tuscan' or 'Medici' cello which resides in the Instituto Cherubini in Florence. This cello is gnerally regarded as the greatest pre-1700 Stradivari cello."

The Robertson Collection, May, 2009, The Robertson Collection, May, 2009

Exhibited at Albert Hall in 1885.

Strads Sold for High Prices (reprinted from the London Athanæum), The New York Times, New York


c. 1850-1861 Count Giuseppe Archinto
until 1861 Archinto Museum, Milan
c. 1862-c. 1865 Signor Noseda
from c. 1865 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
in 1870 Charles Willemotte
1873-1886 Abel Bonjour
in 1887 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
in 1887 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
1887-1907 Jules Delsart
in 1907 Sold by Hill & Sons, Caressa and Maucotel consortium
1907-1915 Gailhard
in 1915 Sold by Silvestre & Maucotel
from 1915 Lucien Sharpe
c. 1920-1937 Russell B. Kingman
in 1937 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1937-1960 John Nicholas Brown
in 1960 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1960-1974 Walter Lagemann
1974-1976 Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara
1976-2008 Richard D. Colburn Foundation
in 2008 Sold by Robertson & Sons
from 2008 Current owner

Known players

Jules Delsart

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Robertson & Sons, Albuquerque, NM (2008)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1960)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1932)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1932)
  • Certificate: Maucotel & Deschamps (1932)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1932)
  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1932)
  • Certificate: Roger & Max Millant, Paris (1932)
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1932)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1932)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1932)

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.)


  • Ancêtres du Violon et du Violoncelle. Volume 2, Laurent Grillet, Charles Schmid, Paris (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, June, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1933, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Robertson Violins - Cello Inventory
  • The New York Times, New York, March 6, 1887
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Robertson Collection, May, 2009 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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