Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1724, the 'Ludwig'

Violin: 40716

Bearing its original label, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis faciebat Anno 1724."

Back: Two-piece of small figure, almost plain

Top: of medium-grain spruce, opening out towards the flanks

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of medium curl

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16.25 cm

Middle bouts: 10.45 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.


"Back by Omobono. . ."

W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990), W. E. Hill & Sons - Business Records (1850 - 1990)


- Joseph Ludwig
1893 - 1920 Dwight J. Partello
1921 - 1927 Lyon & Healy
from 1927 Clark L. Ring
- Mrs. William G. Mather
until 1940 Joseph Szigeti
... ...
in 1948 Deszo Szigeti
... ...
in 1961 Erick Friedman
... ...
in 1971 Sold by Sotheby's
from 1971 Ravel
until 1979 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1979 Max Möller & Son
from 1989 Landeskreditbank Baden Württemburg

Known players

Joseph Szigeti

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Max Möller & Son, Amsterdam (1981) States that the back shows the influence of Stradivari's sons.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1979) "This instrument […] shows the hand of the sons."
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1952)
  • Receipt: Lyon & Healy, Chicago, IL (1927)
  • Certificate: Gand & Bernardel, Paris (1890)
  • 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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • Die L-Bank Instrumentensammlung, Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Lyon & Healy Rare Old Violins, Violas & Violoncellos (August, 1924), Lyon & Healy, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, December 16, 1971, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 31, 1988, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • - Nachrichten aus Stuttgart und der Region - Stuttgarter Nachrichten
  • Violins & Violinists, July-August, 1948, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad 2010 Calendar: Violin Heroes, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons - Business Records (1850 - 1990)


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