Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1719, the 'Becker, Duke of Marlborough'

Cello: 40282

Back: Two-piece

Top: probably by a member of the Gagliano family

Scroll: not original, but probably by Stradivari from a different period

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For the diary of Arthur F. Hill, dated March 3, 1892: "George Hart called and mentioned that the Strad cello dated 1719 which we have now obtained from the camposelice collection was the one they bought off Capt. Bayley of Exeter. He also stated that the belly was originally of a yellow color, and they thought that this part was made by one of the Gagliano's [sic]. Hart also thought his uncle [William] Valentine had varnished it to match the rest."

A Living Legacy, Lisa Robinson, A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, New Jersey


Duke of Marlborough
Captain Bagley
Sold by George Hart
Duc de Camposelice
from 1889 Isabella Eugenia, Duchess of Camposelice
until 1892 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1892 Charles F. Edler
in 1902 and until 1923 Hugo Becker
... ...
from 1923 Lorenz Lehr
until 1999 Daniel & Eleanore Saidenberg
from 1999 Juilliard School of Music

Known players

Hugo Becker, Mark Kosower


  • A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School, Lisa Robinson, Amadeus Press, New Jersey (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center | Artists » Guest Artists
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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