Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1735, the 'Elman, Hartmann, Samazeuilh, Count Chaponey'

Violin: 40547

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonesis / Faciebat Anno 1735 / d'anni 91."

Back: Two-piece of faint broad curl

Top: of medium wide grain, narrowing toward the center joint

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Red-brown on a golden ground

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

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By 1909, it had been acquired by a member of the French Samazeuilh family, hence the name of the violin “Samazeuilh”. In 1923 it came in the possession of the virtuoso Mr. Mischa Elman (1891-1967), who in a letter written in 1926 considered it “one of the best Stradivarius instruments for tone quality…”

Nippon Music Foundation: Samazeuilh Stradivari


Luigi Tarisio
Pierre Silvestre
Count de Chaponay
Hippolyte C. Silvestre
until 1901 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1901 Arthur Martinus Hartmann
in 1909 Madame J.. Samazeuilh
... ...
in 1923 Sold by Albert Caressa
from 1923 and in 1926 Mischa Elman
Raymond Pitcairn
in 1980 Sold by Christie's
from 1981 Max Möller & Son
1983-2017 Anonymous (Switzerland)
from 2017 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Eiko Kano, Mischa Elman

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Roland Baumgartner, Basel (2017)
  • Letter: Mischa Elman, New York, NY (1926) Refers to the instrument as the "Count Chapponey": "The Stradivarius violin known as the 'Count Chapponey' dated 1735 has been in my possession since July 1923 and I have used it at all my concerts for two decades. I consider it one of the best Stradivarius instruments for tone quality and it is in an excellent state of preservation."
  • Certificate: Caressa & Français, Paris (1923)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1903) Giving history of instrument.

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  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Christie's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 29, 1980, New York, Christie's, Christie's, New York (illustrated)
  • The Strad, October, 1980, London (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation Instrument Recipients
  • Nippon Music Foundation: Samazeuilh Stradivari


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