Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1737, the 'Swan, Chant du Cygne'

Violin: 40540

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1737 / D'Anno 93."

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Golden-brown with tinge of red

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Regarded as the last work of Stradivari.

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

Illustrated in The Strad, July 1909.

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, William Henley, Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, Sussex


until 1825 Luigi Tarisio
until 1840 Professor Pietro Bertuzzi
from 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
from 1870 Nagornoff
from 1879 David Laurie
1885-1886 Marquis de St. Senoch
in 1886 Sold by Hôtel Drouot
from 1886 Edgar de Saint-Senoch
from 1886 Joseph White
from 1913 Colonel Mattre
from 1919 Jean Louis Courvoisier
until 1927 Caressa & Français
1927-1929 Rodman Wanamaker
from 1929 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
in 1931 Frank Miles Yount
... ...
from 1934 and in 1955 Zlatko Balokovic
from 1959 Current owner

Known players

Joseph White, Zlatko Balokovic

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Caressa & Français, Paris
  • Certificate: Wurlitzer, New York, NY

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.)


  • A Thousand Mornings of Music, Arnold Gingrich, Crown Publishers, New York (illustrated)
  • An Encyclopedia of the Violin
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961
  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Beautiful Italian Violins, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1963 (illustrated)
  • Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers, Volume 2, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, 1909, Ernest Windust, London, Jul 1909 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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