Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1722, the 'de Chaponay'

Violin: 40291

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1722."

Back: One-piece marked with a faint curl descending from left to right

Top: of medium-grained pine

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 17 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1857 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
1857 - 1876 Count de Chaponay
from 1876 Boutard
until 1888 W. E. Hill & Sons
1888 - 1903 George W. Mackenzie
in 1903 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1903 Charles James Oldham
until 1904 Robert E. Brandt
in 1904 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1904 Dr. Felix Landau
1949 - 1965 Henry Hottinger
from 1965 Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1978 - 2000 Daniel Heifetz
... ...
from 2007 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2003) X-4239.
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1713.
  • Letter: Alfred E. Hill, London ". . . although more strikingly beautiful examples of the maker exist, I am of the opinion that none surpass it [the Chaponay] in the robustness of its construction and purity of its condition."

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
  • Henry Hottinger Collection (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (2001), Teruhiko Sato, Nippon Gengakki, Tokyo (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Private Papers
  • The Strad, January, 1969, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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