Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1714, the 'da Vinci'

Violin: 40490

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1714."

Back: One-piece of medium curl sloping upwards from left to right

Top: of pine of medium grain at the center opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of narrower curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden brown, with orange reflections

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

There are 14 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


until 1881 Arthur Foucques d’Émonville
in 1881 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
until 1888 Vicomte de Janzé
from 1888 Chardon & Fils
from 1888 G. Fourchy
until 1923 Caressa & Français
from 1923 Charles Tunsch
in 1924 Sold by Erich Lachmann
in 1924 Sold by Emil Herrmann
1924 - c. 1962 Toscha Seidel
c. 1962 - c. 1974 Muriel Rubin
in 1974 Sold by Sotheby's
... ...
from c. 1995 Anonymous
in 2007 Anonymous
from 2007 Munetsugu Collection, Tokyo

Known players

Toscha Seidel

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: Peter Ratcliff, London (2022) Dates the latest ring of both the bass and treble sides as 1693. Printed report available for purchase upon request.
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons (photocopy), London (1962)
  • Certificate: Erich Lachmann (photocopy), Berlin (1950)
  • Certificate: Oswald A. Schilbach (photocopy), New York, NY (1924)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann (photocopy) (1924)
  • Certificate: Caressa & Français (photocopy), Paris (1914)
  • Receipt: Chardon & Fils (photocopy), Paris (1888)
  • Receipt: Chardon & Fils (photocopy), Paris (1888)

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.)


  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin (1925), Alberto Bachman, The Library Press Limited, London
  • Antonio Stradivari - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier, Peter Biddulph, Frédéric Chaudière & John Dilworth, Musée Fabre / Actes Sud, Montpelier (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Rare Violins in the Possession of Emil Herrmann: 1926-7, Emil Herrmann, Berlin (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 21, 1974, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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