Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1725, the 'Chaconne, Hammig'

Violin: 40703

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1725", the last two digits being handwritten.

Back: Two-piece, quarter-cut, displaying vigorous flaming that drops slightly to the outside; there is an almond-shaped inset in the lower part of the center joint

Top: Two matching pieces; there is a knot near the upper corner on the bass side

Scroll: of heavily flamed wood

Ribs: of wood matching back, more widely flamed

Varnish: Reddish-brown over a golden-yellow base

Length of back: 35.3 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.9 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Supposedly, the name derives from the fact that Joachim found the tone to be especially suitable for the interpretation of Bach's "Chaconne."

Masterpieces of Violin-Making, Rudolf Hopfner, Rudolf Hopfner, Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Milan


from 1907 Wilhelm Hermann Hammig
Sold by Henry Werro
until 1958 Philipp Hammig
from 1958 Hamma & Co.
in 1963 Maurice Rubeli
... ...
1981-1987 Norbert Brainin
... ...
from 1989 and in 2002 Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Known players

Joseph Joachim, Norbert Brainin, Rainer Küchl

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (1989)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1959)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1954)
  • Certificate: Philipp Hammig, Berlin (1952)
  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1939)
  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey Dating the youngest tree ring to 1715.

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 (illustrated)
  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers, Volume 2, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn Ltd., London (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964
  • Italienische Geigenbauer (1957), Karel Jalovec, Artia, Prague, 1957 (illustrated)
  • Masterpieces of Violin-Making: The Collection of Bowed Stringed Instruments of the Oesterreische Nationalbank, Rudolf Hopfner, Skira, Milan (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Startseite - Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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