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

Exhibited at Albert Hall in 1885.

Strads Sold for High Prices (reprinted from the London Athanæum), The New York Times, New York


Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger, Switzerland
Martin Lovett
until 1885 Abel Bonjour
in 1886 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
until 1887 Abel Bonjour
from 1887 Foli
from 1887 and in 1902 Joseph Hollman
in 1893 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1893 Sold by A. R. Blagrove
1893-1928 E. J. Allcard
in 1928 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1929 Hamma & Co.
in 1937 Dr. Hans Kühne
... ...
in 1966 Rolf Habisreutinger
... ...
from 1984 Robert Cohen
from 1999 Canada Council for the Arts

Known players

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

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Association des Maitres Luthiers Suisses (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)
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • 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), Hamma & Co., 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 New York Times, New York, March 6, 1887
  • 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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