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

Violin: 40786

Bearing its original label, dated 1700.

Back: Two-piece

Top: Many repairs

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 13 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
... ...
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

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)
  • 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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