Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1685, the 'MacKenzie, Castelbarco'

Violin: 40756

Bearing its original label, "Antonis Stradiuarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1685."

Back: One-piece cut on the slab

Top: of prominent grain

Scroll: plain

Ribs: of wood of faint curl

Varnish: Golden-brown

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.3 cm

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


until 1862 Count Cesare Pompeo Castelbarco
in 1862 Sold by Puttick & Simpson
from 1862 Alfredo Piatti
until 1882 W. E. Hill & Sons
... ...
from 1882 and in 1902 Lewis Mackenzie
until 1908 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1908 and in 1909 R. Humphrey Haslam
... ...
from 1920 Hamma & Co.
1929-1949 Nathan E. Posner
1949-1954 Raymond Cerf
in 1954 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1954-1960 Dr David Young
in 1960 Sold by Rembert Wurlitzer Inc.
1960-1976 Dr. Frederick Apfelbaum
in 1976 Sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet
1981-2001 Elsie McKenzie Taylor Lard
from 2001 Current owner

Known players

Swang Lin

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Jacques Français, New York, NY (1976)
  • Certificate: Rembert Wurlitzer Inc., New York, NY (1960)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1908) States the instrument is from 1685, not 1687 as Hills had written in the first edition of their book.

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.)


  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Fort Worth Symphony Acquires Second Stradivari Violin | FrontRow
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Italian Violin Makers (1964), Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1964 (illustrated)
  • Meister Italienischer Geigenbaukunst (8th Edition), Hamma & Co., Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven (illustrated)
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10746
  • Sotheby Parke Bernet Important Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, October 29, 1976, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Strad, March, 1982, Daniel Draley, London (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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