Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1698, the 'Cabriac'

Violin: 40789

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius, Cremonensis faciebat 1698 AS."

Back: in two pieces of handsomely figured maple with broad flames sloping downwards from the centre joint

Top: in two pieces of spruce, mostly of narrow grain

Scroll: Not original

Ribs: of curl similar to back; the lower ribs branded twice with a crowned fleur-de-lys

Varnish: of a warm orange-brown colour on a lighter ground.

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.1 cm

Middle bouts: 10.85 cm

Lower bouts: 19.9 cm

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The Cabriac by Antonio Stradivari was made circa 1698 (the last figure of the date on the original label is indistinct) but unlike many of the ‘long pattern’ violins made during the 1690s this instrument has a standard back length of 356 mm. There is the mark of a noble family (a coronet and fleur de lys) branded on both sides of the end pin. It has spent much of its life in France and Switzerland having been owned by the family of Count de Cabriac, Emile Francais, Dr Bonjour of Geneva and for some years in the hands of the Harbisreutinger Collection. It also appears in a Sotheby’s sale catalogue in 1986. It was subsequently owned by the collector Bernie Goldblatt before passing to its present owner. The branded symbol is divided in two: the upper part is "corona nobiliare a cinque perle" ("crown of the nobility with five pearls") and the lower part is the "giglio di Firenze" (the "fleur de lys" of Florence). This is a generic symbol similar to that used by the Gran Duca of Tuscany which was given to the nobility of Florence during the period of 1600 to 1780 – Beare catalogue October 2014.

Beares Auctions Catalogue October 2014, J & A Beare Auctions


Dr. Samuel Bonjour
Count de Cabriac
Sold by Émile Français
Bernard Goldblatt
in 1880 Sylvain Bloch
... ...
from 1937 Joseph Vago
in 1966 Rolf Habisreutinger
... ...
in 2012 Sold by John & Arthur Beare
in 2014 Sold by J & A Beare Auctions

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London

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  • Alte Meistergeigen: Band III und IV, Die Cremoneser Schule / Antonius Stradivarius, Verband Schweizerischer Geigenbaumeister, Verlag Edwin Bochinsky, Frankfurt am Main (illustrated)
  • Beares Auctions Catalogue October 2014, J & A Beare Auctions
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Mostra di Antonio Stradivari (Palazzo Borromeo - Isola Bella), Turris Editrice, Cremona (illustrated)
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 12, 1986, London, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, London (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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