Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1714, the 'Smith, Quersin, Wendling'

Violin: 40494

Bearing a manuscript label.

Back: One-piece, quarter-cut displaying regular and narrow flaming, lower on the treble side

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-red over a golden-yellow base

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.7 cm


- Caspar Gottlieb Meier
- Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
- John Adam
- Sold by David Laurie
until 1882 Siegfried Jacoby
1882 - 1889 Richard Bennett
from 1889 Frederick Smith
- Robert Augustus Bower
in 1910 Carl Wendling
until c. 1925 Hamma & Co.
in c. 1925 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
in 1925 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1925 Albert H. Wallace
in 1930 Henri Quersin
... ...
from 1998 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Ranier Honeck

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1930)

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  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Bedeutende Streichinstrumente Italienischer und Französischer Meister, November 24, 1997, Luzern, Luzern (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Startseite - Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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