Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1717, the 'Piatti'

Violin: 40503

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1717 AS."

Back: Two-piece of medium to broad curl descending from the joint

Top: of very fine grain in the center, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: of faint broad curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.65 cm

There is 1 additional image in the archive which is not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Illustrated in The Strad, Dec. 1985.

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


- John Betts
- Sir Rowland Watkin Wynn
- George Ashley
until 1836 Emmington
in 1836 Arthur Betts
from 1836 Henderson
until 1862 Simon Andrew Forster
1862 - 1868 Alfredo Piatti
1868 - 1892 John Pawle
... ...
in 1906 Gabriele Wietrowitz
... ...
in 1920 Sold by Nathan E. Posner
1920 - 1923 Dr. Eugenio Sturchio
1923 - 1928 John W. Coggeshall
1928 - 1930 Nathan E. Posner
1928 - 1930 Alfred O. Corbin
in 1930 Sold by Nathan E. Posner
1930 - 1931 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1931 Frank Miles Yount
in 1949 Sold by Lyon & Healy
- C. Michael Paul
in 1986 Sold by Sotheby's
until 1986 Raymonde I. Paul
... ...
in c. 2015 Current owner

Known players

Hrachya Avanesyan, Yossif Ivanov

Certificates & Documents

  • Letter: Lyon & Healy, Chicago, IL (1953)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1931) "A good and typical example of this period of the maker's work, very similar in general proportions to the celebrated example known as 'The Dolphin', of the year 1714."
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1931)
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1931)
  • Letter: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1931)

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 - Catalogue of the 2008 Exhibit in Montpelier
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Erlesene Streichinstrumente der Firma Koeckert, Renata Koeckert, Renata Koeckert, o.A, Munich (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 (illustrated)
  • Lyon & Healy Collection of Rare Old Violins (1949), Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Official Website | Carnegie Hall
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 19, 1986, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Photo Archive
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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