Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1685, the 'Florentiner, Jean Becker'

Violin: 40750

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Varnish: Golden-orange

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.1 cm

Lower bouts: 21.6 cm

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Hamma identifies this instrument as the "Florentiner" and ascribes the date to 1684.

Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (First Edition), Fridolin Hamma, Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Stuttgart


Jean Becker
from 1865 Alfred E. Hill
until 1884 Hamma & Co.
from 1884 Dr Geissmar & Family
until 1905 August Herrmann
from 1905 Baron de Crano
from 1912 Willy Burmester
until 1918 Hamma & Co.
from 1918 Dr. Joseph Bauer
from 1929 Erich Lachmann
until 1930 Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1930 Ruth Breton
in 1933 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1933 Richard G. Knott
in 1945 Sold by Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.
from 1945 Mrs. Jeannette Bry
from 1985 Current owner

Known players

Herbert Greenberg, Jean Becker, Ruth Breton

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1931)
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart Notes that the figures on the label are indistinct.
  • Certificate: Morel & Gradoux-Matt, New York, NY
  • Certificate: Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., Cincinnati, OH

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  • Columbia Orchestra
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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