Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1702, the 'Conte de Fontana, Peterlongo, Oistrakh'

Violin: 40706

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat anno 1702."

Back: One-piece of faint narrow curl

Top: one-piece of fine to very fine grain on the treble side, wider on the bass side

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of more prominent curl

Length of back: 35.45 cm

Upper bouts: 16.75 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.65 cm


Although dated 1702, the instrument resembles those made in 1690.

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Milan


Paolo Ferrari
Sold by Leandro Bisiach
Count de Fontana
Fondazione Pro Canale - Milano
until 1905 Comtesse Fontana
from 1905 Camillo Foltzer
until 1955 Étienne Vatelot
1955-1966 David Oistrakh
... ...
from 1967 and in 1987 Current owner

Known players

David Oistrakh, Franco Gulli, Mariana Sirbu, Massimo Quarta

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London
  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris

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  • Triennale internazionale degli strumenti ad arco, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (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)
  • Correspondence with Massimo Quarta, April, 2007
  • David Oistrakh: Heart ofthe Matter
  • Patronage and investment in fine musical instruments, Fondazione Pro Canale, Milan (illustrated)
  • Strumenti ad Arco, Paolo Peterlongo, Edizioni Siei, Milan (illustrated)
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone Fernando Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • The Violin Of David Oistrakh 'Stradivari Conte De Fontana 1702'
  • The Violin: Its physical and acoustic principles, Paolo Peterlongo, Paul Elek, London (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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