Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1695, the 'Sandars'

Violin: 40786

Bearing its original label, dated 1700.

Back: Two-piece

Scroll: Small curl

Ribs: Wood similar to back

Varnish: Lightish red

Length of back: 36.1 cm

Upper bouts: 16 cm

Middle bouts: 10.8 cm

Lower bouts: 20.1 cm

There are 16 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


"The violin... is a clear example of the 'Long Pattern' period. It contains an original label from Stradivari dated 1700, but the Hills certified it as an instrument produced 'about 1695'." – Alessandra Barabaschi

Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Cologne


until 1917 George Hart
from 1917 Mrs George Sandars
1938-1939 Ralph P. Powell
in 1939 Sold by William Lewis & Son
from 1939 Norman H. Chase
in 1952 Mrs Ada Chase
until 2007 Claude Lebet
... ...
from 2007 and in 2015 Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1938) States it to be the work of 1690-99 though the date on the label reads 1700.
  • Certificate: Hart & Son, London (1917)
  • Certificate: Emil Herrmann, New York, New York, NY

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.)


  • Antonius Stradivarius (Volumes I-IV), Jost Thöne, Jan Röhrmann, Alessandra Barabaschi, Jost Thöne Verlag, Cologne, 2010 (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999 (illustrated)
  • Violins & Violinists, February, 1942, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago (illustrated)
  • The Strad, December, 1938, London (illustrated)
  • Private Archives - 10842
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, NY (illustrated)


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