Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1698, the 'Burmester'

Violin: 41270

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat anno 16**."

Back: One-piece of narrow horizontal curl

Top: of fine grain

Scroll: of wood similar to back

Ribs: of wood similar to back

Varnish: Red-brown on a golden ground

Length of back: 36.2 cm


"There is no question about the authenticity of this instrument or its provenance, but apparently some controversy over its present ownership caused it to be withdrawn."

Sotheby Parke Bernet Musical Instrument Auction March 18, 1982, Rachel Goodkind, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. VI, No. 3, Flushing, NY


Baron von Aichstadt
Queen Marie of Bavaria
Benno Walter
Sold by Hamma & Co.
Sold by Emil Herrmann, New York
Willy Burmester
Sold by Hamma & Co.
Hans E. Hoesch
Fritz Bukau
c. 1952-c. 1976 Jacob Greenberg
Sold by Jacques Français
Shah of Iran
in 2015 Current owner

Known players

Willy Burmester

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1933)
  • Letter: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1931) Gives history of instrument.
  • Certificate: Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (1911) With photographs. Gives the date as 1698.

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.)


  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • Meisterwerke Italienischer Geigenbaukunst, Fridolin Hamma, Hamma & Co., Stuttgart (illustrated)
  • Journal of the Violin Society of America, Vol. VI, No. 3, Rachel Goodkind, The Queens College Press, Flushing, NY
  • Sotheby's Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, March 18, 1982, New York, Sotheby's, Sotheby's, New York (illustrated)


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