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

Middle bouts: 23.1 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
until 1818 Anonymous
in 1818 and until 1821 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 Français
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 Français, New York, NY (1991)

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 Fernando 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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