Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1715, the 'Cremonese, Harold Joachim'

Violin: 40603

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat anno 1715."

Back: One-piece with strong flames running horizontally

Top: of fine grain in the center, broadening towards the flanks

Scroll: of broader figure

Ribs: of broader figure

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

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In 1889 it was purchased by a special committee and donated to Joseph Joachim on the occasion of his jubilee celebrations. The Tourist Board of Cremona purchased it from William Hill & Sons of London in December 1961 and it was donated to the town.

Almost a twin of the Alard.

A Stradivari Returns to Cremona, The Strad, February, 1962, London

In 1896, Halir toured the U.S. He arrived on November 4, 1896, for a 25-concert tour. For the tour, Joachim lent Halir his Red Stradivarius of 1715 (now called the Joachim Strad – not to be confused with the Red Mendelssohn), said to be worth $12,000 at the time. That violin was a gift to Joachim from the City of London in 1889. It went to Joachim’s nephew, Harold Joachim, upon Joseph Joachim’s death. Today, it is in Cremona, Italy and is worth more than $12,000.

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in 1870 and until 1877 Darius Gras
... ...
1877-1880 Jules Garcin
in 1880 Sold by David Laurie
1880-1889 Labitte
in 1889 Joachim Presentation Fund Committee
1889-1907 Joseph Joachim
from 1907 Harold Joachim
until 1910 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1910 Robert E. Brandt
until 1961 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1961 Town of Cremona, Museo del Violino

Known players

Karl Halíř

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1962)

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  • Triennale internazionale degli strumenti ad arco, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, February, 1962, London (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Cremona in Seoul: 1962-1993, The Andrea Bang Hall of String & Natural Coating, Seoul (illustrated)
  • Cremona's Instruments, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, cremonabooks, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Giuseppe Guarneri, detto del Gesu', Elia Santoro, Editrice Turris, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Gli Strumenti di Cremona, Charles Beare, Bruce Carlson & Andrea Mosconi, Cremona Books, Cremona (illustrated)
  • I Capolavori Cremonesi della Royal Academy of Music, Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona (illustrated)
  • lvstrings
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Prone to Violins Blogspot
  • The Strad, March, 2003, Kai Köpp, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2009 Calendar: The Museum Collection, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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