Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1667, the 'Aranyi'

Violin: 40723

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Faciebat Anno 1667."

Back: Two-piece of narrow curl

Top: one-piece of narrow grain, opening out towards the bass side

Scroll: of curl similar to back

Ribs: of curl similar to back

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 34.8 cm

Upper bouts: 15.8 cm

Middle bouts: 10.15 cm

Lower bouts: 19.8 cm

There are 13 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"This violin bears an original label stating, 'Antonius Stradivarius Faciebat Anno 1667.' When the instrument was inspected by the Hills in 1920, the date of the label may have seemed unlikely, prompting the firm to consider the label a fake and to attribute the fabrication of the instrument to a date slightly different to the one accepted nowadays." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


- J. K. E. Koolhaus
1920 - 1924 Eric Smit
1924 - 1929 Francis E. Aranyi
1929 - 1930 Emil Herrmann, New York
1930 - 1942 Thomas C. Petersen
1942 - 1944 Roger N. Chittolini
in 1945 Dr. Eugenio Sturchio
... ...
in 1976 Dr. Eli Marcovitz
... ...
in 1982 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1944)
  • Letter: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., New York, NY (1944) Written by Jay C. Freeman.
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1941)
  • Certificate: Bicentenario Stradivariano, Cremona (1937)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1920)

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)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • The Strad, November, 1986, Robert Lewin, London (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • La Casa Nuziale: The Home of Antonio Stradivari, 1667-1680, Arnaldo Baruzzi, W. E. Hill & Sons, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 12, 1986, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. II, No. 1, The Violin Society of America, Lansdowne, PA (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • World of Strings, Autumn 1982, William Moennig & Son, Philadelphia (illustrated)


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