Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1690, the 'Payne'

Violin: 40765

Back: Two-piece matched maple showing small curls similar to the wood in the "Tuscan", the figure in each half slanting slightly downwards from left to right, each half showing a sap mark

Top: of close-grained spruce

Varnish: Orange-brown

Length of back: 35.4 cm

Upper bouts: 17 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Henry Benjamin Merton
1876-1878 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1878 Miss Boothby-Heathcote
from 1894 W. E. Hill & Sons
1943-1945 Major S. V. Shea-Simonds
from 1945 and in 1946 Clarence S. Payne
Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London "closely resembles in form another example of the same year known as the Tuscan. It is in an excellent state of preservation…."

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
  • Die Kunst des Geigenbaues (1997), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Berlin, 1997 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, July-August, 1946, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)


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