Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1681, the 'Reynier, Comte de Chesnais'

Violin: 40675

Bearing its original label.

Back: Two-piece

Varnish: Orange-red

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.5 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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" is named after two of its owners of the past, the cultured amateur Count de Lachenais of Marseille, France... and the French violinist Léon Reynier (1833–1895) who was considered a wunderkind in his day." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


until 1847 Napoleon III
1847 - 1869 Léon Reynier
1869 - 1924 Count La Chesnais
1924 - 1925 Caressa & Français
from 1925 John Wanamaker
until 1929 Rodman Wanamaker
1929 - 1931 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
1931 - 1938 Frank Miles Yount
... ...
in 1949 Sold by Lyon & Healy
until c. 2005 Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
in c. 2005 Sold by Machold Rare Violins, Ltd

Known players

David Arben, Léon Reynier

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2005) X-2039.
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH (1931)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929)
  • Letter: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1929)
  • Certificate: Albert Caressa, Paris (1925)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1675

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, April, 1938, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Italian & French Violin Makers, Volume 4, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne (illustrated)
  • The Amadeus Book of the Violin, Walter Kolneder, Amadeus Press, Portland
  • The Strad 2007 Calendar, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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