Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1720, the 'Piatti, Red Cello'

Cello: 40283

Back: Two-piece

Top: of well-marked and even grain, widening slightly towards the treble side

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of broader flames than the back

Varnish: Rich red

Length of back: 75.9 cm

Upper bouts: 34.6 cm

Lower bouts: 43.8 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Illustrated in The Strad, May 1929.

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


until 1760 Paolo Stradivari
from 1760 Carlo Moro
in 1818 Allen Dowell
from 1821 Reverend Booth
1831 - 1853 Samuel J. Pigott
in 1853 Charles Adolph Maucotel
1853 - 1867 Colonel Oliver
1867 - 1901 Alfredo Piatti
1901 - 1917 Robert von Mendelssohn
from 1917 Contessa Giulietta Mendelssohn
1917 - 1972 Francesco Mendelssohn
1972 - 1978 Marlboro College
1978 - 1979 Jacques Francais
from 1979 Current owner

Known players

Alfredo Piatti, Carlo Moro, Carlos Prieto, Francesco Mendelssohn, Francesco Mendelssohn, Gaspar Cassadó, Hermann Busch, Paul Tobias

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Francais, New York, NY #3097. Grade: "A+++". Identifies the instrument as the 'ex-Davidoff'.

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.)


  • 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
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Adventures of a Cello, Carlos Prieto, University of Texas Press, Austin (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators, George Hart, Dulau & Co., London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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