Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1690, the 'Bonjour'

Cello: 40438

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 168*."

Back: Two-piece of horizontal narrow curl

Top: of medium grain

Scroll: of faint medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Length of back: 76.2 cm

Upper bouts: 34.5 cm

Middle bouts: 23.7 cm

Lower bouts: 44.45 cm

There are 15 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Listed with various dates -- Goodkind (1684), Hamma (1691), Bein & Fushi (1692).

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

Reduced in size in 1860 by Charles Rambeaux in Paris.

L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Cremona


until 1885 Abel Bonjour
from 1885 Hamma & Co.
in 1937 Dr. Hans Kühne
... ...
in 1966 Rolf Habisreutinger
- Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger, Switzerland
- Martin Lovett
from 1984 Robert Cohen
from 1999 Canada Council for the Arts

Known players

Abel Bonjour, Denise Djokic, Kaori Yamagami, Rachel Mercer, Soo Bae

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Association des Maitre Luthiers Suisse (1963)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1678.

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.)


  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Canada Council for the Arts | Bringing the arts to life
  • Christie's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 18, 1992, London, Christie's, Christie's, London (illustrated)
  • Four Centuries of Violin Making: Fine Instruments from the Sotheby's Archive, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, Boston (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Walter Hamma, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10072
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 5, 1984, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, 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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