Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1693, the 'Ries'

Violin: 40772

Bearing its original label.

Back: One-piece

Top: of fine grain

Varnish: Reddish brown

Length of back: 36.2 cm

Upper bouts: 16 cm

Middle bouts: 11 cm

Lower bouts: 20.2 cm

There are 5 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


in 1850 François van Hal
... ...
1860-1867 Henri Leonard
1867-1876 W. Langhaus
from 1876 Franz Riess
Sold by Hamma & Co.
in 1929 Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
... ...
from 1929 and in 1945 Alexander Mackay Smith
... ...
from 1951 Current owner

Known players

Catherine Wade Smith, Franz Ries

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Bicentenario Stradivariano, Cremona (1937)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY (1930)

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  • Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961 (illustrated)
  • Beautiful Italian Violins, Karel Jalovec, Paul Hamlyn, London, 1963 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Die Kunst Des Geigenbaues (1930), Otto Möckel, Bernhard Friedrich Voigt, Leipzig (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona (illustrated)
  • The Strad, September, 2006, Florian Leonhard, Newsquest Specialist Media, London (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • The Stradivarius Memorial Association
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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