Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1723, the 'Jules Falk'

Violin: 40620

Labeled, "Antonius Stradiuarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1723."

Back: One-piece of native maple; from the same log as the 1723 Emiliani

Top: of fine even grain

Scroll: of fainter medium curl

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.9 cm

Upper bouts: 16.9 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.9 cm

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


"The violin is modelled on the PG form, also used for the 'Lady Blunt', 'Messiah' and Habaneck Strads, and the maple of the back appears on several other 1723 violins, including the 'Earl Spencer'."

The "Jules Falk" Stradivari, The Strad, August, 1960, London


Luigi Tarisio
Sold by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume
Paul Vidal
1737-1743 Francesco Stradivari
1743-1775 Paolo Stradivari
from 1775 Count Ignazio Alessandro Cozio di Salabue
until 1890 Gand & Bernardel, Freres
from 1890 Ami Rehfous
until 1900 Gustave Bernardel
1900-1907 Marcel Herwegh
1907-1957 Jules Falk
from 1959 Charles Falk
in 1964 and until 1985 Frank Passa
in 1966 Rolf Habisreutinger
... ...
in 1985 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1985 Current owner

Known players

Jules Falk, Viktoria Mullova

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1937) States that the instrument is from 1722-25.
  • Certificate: Gustave Bernardel (photocopy), Paris (1900) Dates the instrument as 1706.

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.)


  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Decca Classics - home of the legendary, London-based classical music label and home to the stars of classical music.
  • Ars Musica, Aloys Greither, Bayer AG, Heft 11 (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby's Highly Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, April 3, 1985, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 1960, London (illustrated)
  • The Violin Book, Bafalon, 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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