Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1704, the 'Sleeping Beauty, Dornröschen, Boeselager'

Violin: 40715

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 172?" (the last 3 digits are handwritten, the last being either a 0 or 9).

Back: Two-piece show broad flames ascending from the center joint

Top: of fine grain in the center, broadening towards the flanks

Ribs: of wood similar to back, with broader flames

Varnish: Orange-red over a golden-yellow ground

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 20.75 cm

There are 4 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Although this instrument bears an original label dated 1720 or 1729 (the last digit is unclear), most experts concur that it was actually constructed in 1704.

Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Karlsruhe

Known players

Isabelle Faust, Wilma von Boeselager

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1897)
  • Certificate: Alfred Vidoudez, Geneva
  • Certificate: Claude Lebet, Rome
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London
  • Certificate: Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart

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)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • Faust and the Sleeping Beauty: barons, a castle and a violin
  • - Nachrichten aus Stuttgart und der Region - Stuttgarter Nachrichten
  • Stradivari Varnish: Scientific Analysis of his Finishing Technique on Selected Instruments, Brigitte Brandmair & Stefan-Peter Greiner (illustrated)
  • The Strad, August, 2007, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2001 Calendar, Orpheus Publications, London (illustrated)
  • The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Stradivari, Cozio Carteggio feature, Alessandra Barabaschi, July 4, 2018


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