Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1735, the 'Lamoureux, Zimbalist'

Violin: 40546

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.7 cm

Lower bouts: 20.5 cm

Reported stolen on Aug 16, 1962

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Emil Herrmann notes: "absolut erstklassig und tad. echt. . . Sehr brilliant . .. im Ton. . ."

The Jacques Francais Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Washington, DC

The Lamoureux-Zimbalist Antonio Stradivari violin made in 1735 belonged to violinist David Sarser before it was stolen from his New York studio in 1962. Sarser was a violinist in the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini during the 1950s and also an innovative audio engineer and electronics designer. Sarser was advised that his violin was spirited off to Japan, but he was never able to determine its whereabouts.He stated of his violin, ‘I have no desire to play any other instrument. It became part of me, and I became part of it.’ - Carla Shapreau


Marquis de Louvencourt
in 1870 and until 1890 Charles Lamoureux
... ...
1890-1917 Becker
from 1917 Caressa & Français
from 1922 Maucotel & Deschamps
until 1923 Hamma & Co.
1923-1924 Dr. Hans Kühne
in 1924 Sold by Hamma & Co.
1924-1925 Dr. Steiner-Schweitzer
in 1925 Sold by Erich Lachmann
in 1925 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1925-1948 Efrem Zimbalist
1948-1962 David Sarser
from 1962 Reported stolen

Known players

David Sarser, Efrem Zimbalist

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH

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  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Correspondence with David Sarser, June, 2005
  • Dictionnaire des Luthiers, vol. 2, Henri Poidras, Imprimierie de la Vicomté, Rouen (illustrated)
  • Die Kunst des Geigenbaues (1997), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Berlin, 1997 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, January, 1943, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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