Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1691, the 'Hilton'

Violin: 40770

Back: One-piece

Varnish: Deep red-brown

Length of back: 35.7 cm

Upper bouts: 17 cm

Lower bouts: 21 cm

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"The initials "T.S." have been stamped on the button of the back, with the date 1720, presumably the initials of the owner at that time... Early in the 19th century the violin is thought to have passed through Vincenzo Panormo's hands in London, and it owes much of its fresh appearance to having spent from 1843 to 1940 shut in its case in an unused family music room before discovery by William Beare."

Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Milan


Thomas Shuttleworth
from 1940 William Arthur Beare
in 1952 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1952 Reginald Hilton
in 1987 Sold by John & Arthur Beare
in 1990 Westdeutsche Landesbank
from 1990 Anonymous
from 2016 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1952)
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London

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  • Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari, Charles Beare, Arnoldo Mondadori S.p.A., Milan (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. IX, No. 3, Paul Schuback, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY (illustrated)
  • Exposition: Huit violons de Stradivarius, Claude Lebet, La Chaux-de-Fonds (illustrated)
  • Stradivarius, Sa vie, ses instuments, Henri Pigaillem, Zurfluh, Bourg-la-Reine


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