Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1733, the 'Des Rosiers'

Violin: 40677

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece with a broad figure extending towards slightly from left to right

Top: of medium-grained spruce, straight and even

Ribs: from the same log as the back

Varnish: Reddish

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 15.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.4 cm

Lower bouts: 20.6 cm

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'Supposed to have cost the life of a young Corporal on the guillotine during the French Revolution. A mob, storming a chateau, wanted to destroy the Strad because it was a symbol of aristocracy and wealth, but the young Corporal (violinist at Versailles) snatched the instrument from the ruffians, managed to conceal it, ran five miles with it but was caught and guillotined.' (the violin survived)

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, William Henley, Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, Sussex


Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
Des Rosiers Family
until 1898 Charles Des Rosiers
1898-1911 Des Rosiers Family (Lyon)
1911-1920 Alfred E. Hill
until 1922 Unknown
from 1922 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1932 John Hudson Bennett
in 1932 Sold by Anderson Galleries Inc.
... ...
in 1945 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1947 Province of Quebec
from 1977 Current owner

Known players

Angèle Dubeau, Arthur LeBlanc, Iso Briselli

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? - Supplemental
  • The Collection of John Hudson Bennett Catalog, February 5, 1932, New York, New York (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • Violin + Passion = Success


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